K-Elec­tric teams work­ing 24/7 to over­come any fault

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

Res­cue work­ers gather at the scene of a roof col­lapse of a fac­tory in which at least five work­ers have been killed and three in­jured when a boiler ex­ploded at New Karachi area. KARACHI—K- Elec­tric has is­sued a press state­ment, stat­ing that a large part of the city was re­stored with power in short time, de­spite the fact that the city faced heavy rain show­ers within a spell of 48 hours. The state­ment fur­ther added that such down pour was af­ter three years, where a large part of city in­fra­struc­ture was in­un­dated with clogged sew­er­age, wa­ter drains and nal­lahs.

Ever since the heavy down­pour ear­lier this week, al­most all faults have been dealt with and PMTs were re­stored as soon as pos­si­ble.

Teams worked tire­lessly to over­come a lo­calised fault in a pmt in Gul­shan Omair, whereas in Ko­rangi, Clifton, Naz­imabad, North karachi, Malir, PECHS, Ba­hadurabad, shah faisal, de­fence and Lyari, the af­fected PMTs had been re­stored.

It is worth men­tion­ing that ini­tially a high num­ber of feed­ers were tripped, out of which 50% were reen­er­gized in less than one hour, and the ac­tual num­ber of af­fected feed­ers on ground were over 280 on day one and around 160 on day two. Most of these feed­ers were en­er­gized within a short span of one to five hours on both days of rain. How­ever, there have been small pock­ets in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the city which faced longer out­ages due to lo­cal­ized faults of PMT’s, Kunda in­fested ar­eas with short ca­bles or wa­ter logged ar­eas which af­fected the un­der­ground ca­bles. The press re­lease fur­ther stated that Karachi has a unique at­mos­phere in which hu­mid­ity, sea wind and saltish mois­ture de­posit residues on ca­ble joints, jumper’s etc. In this en­vi­ron­ment if rain in­ter­val of coastal city is more than few years then these mois­ture de­posits hard­ens on line joints and jumpers, which badly im­pacts the line with sud­den rain. Due to this rea­son the num­ber of af­fected feed­ers on day two were less than the first day, and con­tin­ues to re­duce with each sub­se­quent rain. Un­for­tu­nately in­fre­quent rains in Karachi due to global cli­mate change mag­ni­fies this prob­lem.

Ad­di­tion­ally, parts of Karachi with katchi abadi’s and power theft ar­eas, with abun­dance of kunda’s adds to the prob­lem of short cir­cuit­ing and sit­u­a­tion is fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rates due to wa­ter log­ging, where some feed­ers had to de­lib­er­ately put off due to safety rea­sons, and con­se­quently peo­ple face longer out­ages . The K- Elec­tric field teams and cus­tomer call cen­ter, in­clud­ing the man­age­ment has been work­ing 24 hours to en­sure sup­ply and restora­tion of power to the Cos­mopoli­tan de­spite the stated chal­lenges. As a re­sult of KE team ef­forts there has been no ma­jor dam­age to power in­fra­struc­ture and the lo­cal­ized faults are be­ing re­stored.

K-Elec­tric ex­tends sin­cere apol­ogy to its cus­tomers for in­con­ve­nience caused by un­con­trol­lable fac­tors, and con­tin­ues to re­store power as quickly as pos­si­ble.

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