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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


Gird sked shutdown to affect Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, and parts of Isabela

by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA)-- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) serves notice of the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities on January 25, 2012 from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The affected distribution utilities (DUs) are Quirino Electric Cooperative (QUIRELCO), Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NUVELCO), Ifugao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (IFELCO), and Isabela Electric Cooperative I (ISELCO I).

Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCPs Corporate Communications and Public Affairs officer for North Luzon said the specific cities and municipalities to be affected by the power interruption are determined by the said DUs, unless the activity affects the entire franchise area.

Gaydowen added that the DUs allot the available power within their franchise area and implement the power interruption schedule among the end-users.

The corporate communication officer explained that the temporary shutdown aims to facilitate the extension of Blackstart Service Test of Ambuklao Hydro Electric Power Plant to Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant.

The said test will validate the capability of the plant to start from complete shutdown without the assistance from external power coming from the grid. This provision will enable immediate restoration of power supply in the Northern Luzon sub-grid during emergency situation, Gaydowen explained.

Gaydowen assured that normal operations will immediately resume after work completion.

NGCPs customers and the general public are advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption, she said. (TCB/PIA 2)

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