ISLAMABAD - The power supply has been restored to major parts of the country after a major breakdown that affected parts of Punjab and Balochistan following the government decision to close down furnace oil and diesel-based power plants.

“The Ministry of Power has directed the distribution companies to ensure zero load-shedding in the country,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Power said. He further said that 12400 megawatts (MW) of power was available in the system which was sufficient to meet the current demand. “Ground teams of National Transmission and Distribution Company are patrolling the high transmission lines to avoid tripping due to smog,” he added.

Major parts of the country on Friday witnessed up to 10 hours of load-shedding after the closure of more than 4,200MW generation capacity plants after the directions of the federal government to close all expensive furnace oil and diesel-run power plants of a cumulative capacity of 4,250MW. The government has, however, reversed the decision of closing down furnace oil and diesel-based power plants.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) spokesperson Shahid Riaz Khan clarified that the smog did not affect the atomic power plants. “Chashma-I is operating at its full capacity and contributing 300MW of electricity to the system while Chashma-II and III tripped due to the increase in power demand,” he said adding both the plants will be operational by tomorrow (Sunday). He said that Chashma-IV is shut for some necessary repair. The plant will soon become operational, the spokesperson added.