Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

Human error caused Jan 9 blackout: NEPRA report


Islamabad – Staff Reporter:

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has released inquiry report on major power breakdown in the country, on Tuesday.

On January 9, Several parts of the country, including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, had suffered a massive power breakdown.

“The problem occurred due to a human error at the Guddu power station. The error led to the tripping of the entire power system. The fault occurred as some officials did not follow SOPs [standard operating procedures] during maintenance work,” said Secretary Power Ali Raza Bhutta.

Bhutta was briefing the members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Energy.

“Due to a mistake, the Guddu Thermal Power Plant tripped at 11.41 pm due to human error and there was a complete blackout. At the time of the blackout, the power consumption in the country stood at 10,000 megawatts,” he added.

The officials responsible for not taking steps for improvement in the National Transmission and Dispatch Company’s (NTDC) system were also named. The action which were supposed to be taken were neglected, the report read.

The NEPRA in its recommendations to avoid such incidents in the future has urged for vast study for energy saving. The authority has urged to take precautionary measures to avoid power breakdowns in the future.

NTDC, K-Electric and other power plants have been directed to put precautionary measures in place. Provision of electricity should be ensured in case of any emergency-like situation.