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NTDC faces hefty fine from NEPRA

According to the Ministry of Energy, lightning struck the Jamshoro grid station at 4:09pm, damaging its isolator, which is connected to the circuits of the 220kV Jamshoro-Tando Mohammad Khan line.

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The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) fined National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) Rs10 million for a power outage in September 2021.

The Jamshoro Grid Station was tripped in September 2021, resulting in a partial interruption of electricity supply in the HESCO region and Karachi. The NEPRA stated that the fine was imposed on NTDC for failing to provide appropriate electric supply during the September 2021 breakdown. “It took the NTDC 2.33 hours to fully restore power to the Jamshoro Grid Station.”

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The NEPRA further stated that it sent a show cause notice to the body to investigate the failure, but NTDC failed to respond within the time frame specified.

According to K-Electric, on September 1, last year, various areas of Karachi experienced power disruptions due to the tripping of an extra high tension (EHT) transmission line in Sindh’s Jamshoro district.

According to the Ministry of Energy, lightning struck the Jamshoro grid station at 4:09pm, damaging its isolator, which is connected to the circuits of the 220kV Jamshoro-Tando Mohammad Khan line.

Power breakdown in September 2021

Several areas of Karachi faced power outages on 1st September which were caused by the tripping of an extra high tension (EHT) transmission line in Sindh’s Jamshoro district.

K-Electric, the utility company responsible for electricity supply in the metropolis, initially said it had received reports of power outages from multiple areas and was “actively monitoring” the situation.

In an update, K-Electric said power supply to Karachi was disrupted due to the tripping of an EHT transmission line in Jamshoro which caused a disconnection between the circuits of KE and the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC).

However, KE’s power plants were operating in island mode which enabled swift restoration of power while the power connection between KE and NTDC circuits was also restored, it said in the update.