Khurram Dastgir, the minister for power, stated on Tuesday that “limited load management” will continue in the nation because it will take 48 to 72 hours for coal and nuclear power plants to restart.
At a press conference, Dastgir declared that all systems in Pakistan had been restored as of 5:15 am today, except the coal and nuclear power plants.
He continued that the industry will be exempt from power outages while the rest of the country will experience load-shedding, stressing that “in the coming 48 hours, a shortfall will continue.”.
The minister refuted all rumors regarding the blackout, saying that “the disturbance in the system” did not result in any damage to the transmission lines, that no fires were reported, and that elements like fog did not bring on the breakdown.
He also emphasized that “sufficient fuel” was available for energy production to meet the nation’s needs.
The speaker said that the country’s electricity demand, which had exceeded 30,000 megawatts in June, had dropped to 8,615 megawatts on Sunday night, adding that January nights had the lowest demand in a year.
He implied that the error was technical by saying, “When we ramp down the system with the decreasing demand, we turn off several power plants,” but insisted that the cause of the blackout was not yet fully understood.
The energy minister proposed that it would be worthwhile to investigate the possibility of “external intervention” in our system through hacking, which he admitted was less likely but could not be ruled out, as the investigation team assembled by the prime minister looked into the matter more deeply.
The minister declared that all systems in Pakistan had been restored, despite the need to update the systems for the generation and transmission of electricity. He vowed to ensure that such an incident wouldn’t happen again.
Earlier, the government’s power division declared that power had been restored nationwide.
The Ministry of Energy shared the status of grid stations following a “system breakdown” that left the entire nation in the dark and declared that power had been restored after 24 hours.
On Twitter, Dastgir added that even though all 1112 grid stations had been operational again, it would likely take 48 to 72 hours for the 6,600 MW coal and 3,500 MW nuclear plants to restart. “.