Energy saving measures backfire: Pakistan’s massive blackouts

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Pakistan suffered a major power outage this morning. A power-saving measure has caused power outages in all major cities of the country, including the largest city of Karachi, Lahore, Peshawardi and the capital, Islamabad. According to the ministry, the rehabilitation work of the electricity network has begun.

Energy Minister Destager said in a statement that at around 7:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. Dutch time), “the network experienced a frequency loss, which caused a major outage.” He added that efforts are being made to restart the system.

“In the winter, electricity demand drops across the country, so as an economic measure, we have temporarily shut down our power generation systems at night,” Tell Minister for the news channel Geo TV. When it restarted early in the morning, “frequency differences and voltage fluctuations” were noted in southern Pakistan, and then “one by one it turned off the power plants”.

imported fossil fuels

Earlier this month, the government ordered malls and markets to close earlier each day to save money on energy. Most of the country’s electricity is generated from imported fossil fuels. Rising global energy prices have put more pressure on the country’s fiscal house.

Some of the country’s electricity networks have already been restored, Dastagir said, and electricity should be fully restored within 12 hours. He insisted that this “wasn’t a big crisis”.

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