Government is trying to restore the electricity in phases: Omar Ayub

Government is trying to restore the electricity in phases:  Omar Ayub

Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan on Sunday said that the government is trying to restore the electricity in phases.

Earlier, a massive power breakdown plunged the entire country into darkness minutes before midnight on Saturday.

According to the spokesman of the ministry, all technical teams had reached on their respective stations while the federal minister is supervising the restoration work across the country.

The blackout was initially reported by residents of the several cities on social media.

Hours later, the minister tweeted that power supply was being restored to cities in phases, starting with Islamabad, but most parts of the country were still affected by the breakdown.

Ayub said that the power breakdown was caused after the frequency in the national power distribution system suddenly fell from 50 to zero.

“The reason for the frequency dropping was being investigated while the attempts were being made to fire up the Tarbela power station which will lead to a sequential restoration of power supply,” he added.

According to the initial reports, the Guddu power plant developed a fault at 11:41pm on Saturday night which caused the country’s high transmission lines to trip while the drop in frequency caused power plants to shut down.