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May 19, 2018

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Guddu power house identified as source of massive power breakdown

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to isolate the switchyard of Guddu power house from the system to avoid massive power breakdown in the country, a top official of the Power Division told The News.

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According to the preliminary findings, Guddu power house is the one that always causes problems in the system, so the authorities concerned have decided to technically separate the switchyard of Guddu power house, arguing that in case of any fault, it could bypass the whole system and resultantly massive breakdown would be avoided.

Secretary Power Division Yousaf Naseem Khokhar also confirmed the decision to isolate the switchyard of Guddu power house as the preliminary reports suggest that in this house some plants are prone to faults, which is why the transmission lines originating from Guddu get affected and cause huge power blackout through cascading effect.

Technical team is working on it with an aim that if any plant in Guddu Power House faces any kind of problem, the transmission line starting from Guddu could not experience any kind of jerk resulting into tripping of the line. The tripping of the transmission line directly affects the nuclear power plants and when the power generation from them goes out of the system, other hydro and thermal power plants also start tripping.

Naseem Khokhar said there may be other factors which contribute to the breakdowns in the country for which the fact finding committee headed by Additional Secretary Power Division Wasim Akhtar would submit in its report probably by Monday.

The committee was constituted right at the day when power breakdown hit half of the country including Punjab, KP, AJK and northern areas. The committee was given the mandate to complete its work on the terms of reference (ToRs) which include; why the system has failed; how effective efforts were made to restore the system; and finalise the recommendations to avoid such situation in future.

Naseem Khokhar said the committee would also furnish the recommendations to avoid such situation in future.

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