Major power breakdown hits Balochistan

QUETTA: A major power breakdown hit Balochistan Saturday-Sunday night when terrorists blew up two towers of 220 kv transmission line near Chattar and two towers of 220 kv transmission line near Bakhtiarabad

A Spokesman said here Sunday that terrorists blew up two towers of 220 kv transmission line of National Transmission and Dispatch Company no 434 and 435 near Chattar and two towers nos 247 and 249 near Bakhtiarabad midnight last night. As a result supply of electricity to 47 grid stations in 17 districts of Balochistan was suspended. However owing to alternative
Sources and private power House Habibullah coastal was restored late at night.

Spokesman said that QESCO is in contact with NTDC for repair of towers on emergency basis. Moreover NTDC was already working on towers No 247 and 249 near Bakhtiarabad. On security clearance by provincial government repairs and restoration of towers nos 434 and 435 would be taken up on emergency basis.

Spokesman added that due to suspension of supply from Guddu-Uch-Sibi transmission line shortage of electricity has created.

Total demand of electricity at 47 grid stations in 17 districts of Balochistan is 1250 mega watts while only 150 mega watts are available. RCC Jamshoro was meeting supply needs in Quetta city only. However load shedding was being made in all the districts associated with this transmission line. On completion of 220 kv towers supply would be started outside Quetta.

It may be added that overall demand of the province except Mekran Belt and District Lasbella is 1500 mw while net work setup in the province can supply 750 megawatts from different sources.