KARACHI: K-Electric (KE) has clarified that its 220 KV underground transmission line near Qayumabad got affected when a nearby pipe carrying water supply erupted and started leaking, thus affecting KE’s underground transmission line. This seepage caused further problems for the electricity transmission network.
In a statement on Thursday, KE said immediately the affected grids were restored from alternate sources, but in order to avoid overloading on the alternate circuit, load-shed of 1.5 hours was carried out on Low-Loss feeders that were previously exempted from any load-shedding.
Giving details, the press statement added that areas such as Defence, Clifton, PECHS, Garden, Korangi West, Jacoblines, Qayumabad, Gizri, Lyari, West Wharf & Queens Road were affected due to the underground cable’s tripping.
KE’s team which included senior technical staff along with CEO has been on site since Wednesday night, and KE’s team has been draining out the water from the trench where the underground cable was placed.
KE would like to mention that this unfortunate incident was due to an external factor, where the underground water pipeline had leaked causing problems to the circuit, something KE had no control over. Hence, the reactive repair measures were initiated immediately.
In order to rectify the issue at the earliest, another shutdown of the alternate circuit was arranged Thursday afternoon so that the repairing work could be completed as fast as possible. Due to this 3-hour shutdown, Low-Loss Feeders again went through load-shed on Thursday.
The press statement also added that KE had prioritized electricity supply to hospitals, and ensured uninterrupted supply to them during the shutdown.
KE would like to apologize to its customers for this unfortunate incident, and has assured its customers of uninterrupted supply at all costs. As soon as the repair work will be finished, the affected customers will be relieved of the additional load-shedding hours.