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Major power breakdown hits Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan

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Pakistan Press International

Various parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab faced power outages on Thursday as three units of Guddu Thermal Power Plant tripped owing to dense fog.

Twenty-one circuits of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) were affected due to tripping, causing a power shortfall of 747MW. The residents in different districts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab faced problem due to power outages.

Officials said that teams had started the work to restore the power supply. We are also working on temporary load management plan to provide electricity to the people.

A day earlier, Punjab faced extended hours of load-shedding as at least four of Pepco’s power plants had closed down owing to smog and other technical faults. The power supplying company confirmed that the power plants at Guddu, Baloki, Nishat and Nishat Choniyan were tripped resulting an immediate shortfall of 250 MW. In order to tackle the situation, the Pepco announced to temporarily extend the load-shedding duration in the province.

Additional 1000 MW were taken from Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), Quetta, to manage the shortfall, the authority said, and expressed hopes to normalize the electricity distribution as soon as the technical issues are fixed. The shortfall led to a power outage after every one hour in Lahore and other parts of Punjab.

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