Karachi, 25th July, 2014: K-Electric (KE) has issued a statement in which the company has clarified that the breakdown of the 500 kV NTDC (National Transmission Dispatch Company) transmission lines was the reason for the city-wide power outage in Karachi Friday morning.
KE’s spokesperson explained that due to the transmission lines’ sudden tripping, KE’s generation plants and EHT transmission circuits were temporarily rendered ineffective.
KE’s spokesperson explained that a sudden loss of significant generation caused a major gap between supply and demand. Due to the unexpected interruption of about 650 MW supply from the national grid, KE’s generation system was suddenly overloaded, resulting in the massive breakdown.
In response, KE’s engineering and operations teams immediately sprung into action. The utility company started the normalization of its downstream feeders soon after the outage while using its own resources to normalize supply to its network.
KE’s spokesperson said, “We apologize to the citizens for the inconvenience caused, especially taking into account that this happened on the last Friday of Ramadan. We would also like to appeal to people to conserve as much energy as possible in order to ensure that a more equitable distribution of electricity,” he said.