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An AFP picture of Saturday’s blackout.

ISLAMABAD: Nationwide Electrical Energy Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has taken the discover of Saturday’s country-wide blackout. 

The authority mentioned in a press release {that a} high-powered committee shall be constituted to probe the foremost energy breakdown that plunged the whole nation in darkness for over 14 hours. 

The committee will consist consultants from Nepra and the non-public sector. It’ll evaluation the information and make suggestions to keep away from such incidents in future. 

The blackout occurred minutes earlier than midnight throughout the nation, with residents taking to social media to report outages. As outages hit main cities, cell and web companies have been additionally affected.

Blackout: After main breakdown, energy being restored in cities throughout Pakistan

Vitality Minister Omar Ayub Khan mentioned a technical fault was reported on the Guddu energy plant at 11:41pm final evening when the frequency fell from 50 to zero in seconds.

“We energised Tarbela energy plant twice, which initiated the restoration course of,” he said, adding that electricity has been restored in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Jhang and Multan, while K-Electric has been provided 400MVA.

Omar Ayub said teams are facing difficulties due to heavy fog and the exact reason behind the technical fault will be identified once the fog lifts. “The explanation for the breakdown has not been ascertained but. The technical fault occurred in a specific space,” he said.

He and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz criticised past governments for focusing solely on power generation and neglecting the transmission system. “Beneath the federal government of PML-N, the nation noticed eight main energy breakdowns,” said the energy minister.

“When the incumbent authorities assumed workplace, no work had been executed to improve the transmission system. We at the moment are investing within the transmission and distribution system. A $6 billion transmission line has been laid in Matiari.”

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