KESC robbed of 40 metres of expensive EHT conductor

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The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has expressed concern over the ongoing copper wire thefts, causing disruption in power and resulting in mental agony to consumers and financial losses to the power utility.

KESC officials said the latest incident of wire theft occurred early Tuesday morning at the Malir-Gadap extra high tension (EHT) transmission circuit, from where unidentified thieves stole around 40 metres of expensive EHT conductor and damaged a number of poles in the process.


They said the power utility’s special task teams had been tirelessly working to restore the network at the earliest, but given the severity of the theft and the extent of damage, complete restoration might take up to three days.


Understanding the gravity of the situation, KESC teams made all-out efforts to ensure that power supply to the Baqai hospital did not remain suspended for long, and power to the hospital was provided through alternate back-fed lines, they added.


They also said the wire thieves selected a rather uninhabited area to rob the power utility and escaped with 40 metres of EHT conductor that was cut with an axe after shorting the line.


KESC teams later recovered a small portion of the stolen wire from a nearby pond when they followed the drag marks, they added.

The power utility’s officials said the thieves caused extensive damage, as 18 poles at nine different locations were found severely damaged, which in turn also caused the 66kV Malir-Gadap high tension transmission circuit to trip, affecting the Gadap grid station.


They said Tuesday’s robbery was the latest in a series of thefts of high tension and low tension power supply lines, which had been causing colossal financial losses to the power utility on the one hand and undue outages for the consumers on the other.


These incidents are also a challenge for the law-enforcement agencies that have so far failed to protect the essential and strategically sensitive network from robberies, they added.


They also said that despite repeated requests to the authorities and nomination of copper thieves’ networks, including junk dealers, the law-enforcement agencies had yet to come up with adequate security measures for the electricity supply network.


They urged the government to consider the thefts as sabotage to essential interest of 20 million people of the largest city of the country, instead of stealing of a private entity’s assets.


Past thefts


On January 7, unidentified thieves stole expensive equipment from the Dada Soap substation in SITE Area, including two base grips, three LT bus bars, a lug on LT panel, a clamp and other fittings.


On January 2, around 60 metres of copper wire was stolen from the KDA-Maymar transmission circuit at locations No-61 and 62 in the wee hours.


The theft had caused tripping of 132kV KDA-Memon Goth and 132kV KDA-Maymar circuits, affecting power supply to Maymar, Memon Goth, Malir, CAA, KEPZ, Gadap and two transformers of the Landhi grid station.


On December 13, three low tension leads were found missing from the Clifton-2 substation, along with four lugs, three base grips and other fittings.

Courtesy:  The News

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