The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has taken serious notice of a widespread power breakdown in the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC)’s northern system on May 16 and has directed the company to submit a comprehensive report on the matter.
On Wednesday, a massive power breakdown struck large swathes of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that deprived two-thirds of the country’s population of electricity for almost 10 hours.
The breakdown led to a complete blackout in the north from Guddu to Peshawar, leaving provinces of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa without electricity.
Earlier on May 1, 2018, the tripping of NTDC’s 220-kilovolt transmission lines had affected Chashma nuclear power plant – units 1-4 – that caused a power generation loss of around 2,100 megawatts in the north.
“The two consecutive power breakdowns within a short span have once again exposed fragile stability and reliability of the system. This shows poor state of affairs at the NTDC,” Nepra commented in a statement.
The regulator said it had viewed seriously the prevailing situation in respect of poor performance of the NTDC’s transmission network and had directed NTDC to immediately come up with a detailed report on the unforeseen circumstances that caused the widespread breakdown.