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NGCP says Isabela to experience power interruptions

Santiago City, Isabela (February 16) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) sub-station based here said that power interruptions might be experienced this week and on the succeeding weeks if power producers will not solve the supply need in the entire Luzon grid.

NGCP Santiago City Sub-Station Manager Alexander Alvarez made the prediction after some of the power plants that are producing power supplies in Luzon are up for immediate repair and the other is running out of fossil fuel stocks.

The Department of Energy is also closely monitoring the hydro power plants due to the looming effect of El Niņo that it is expected a shortage of power generation because dam officials are controlling water releases in the dam's reservoir to let the farmlands be irrigated until rice crops are harvested.

"A one or two hours power interruption will be experience in entire Luzon if no immediate enough power supply will be produced by power firms starting today", the NGCP official said.

The NGCP head office earlier announced that there will be a severe power shortage in Luzon this month if fuel and maintenance problems of the two major power plants in Luzon (Malaya and Limay Power Plant) will not be given due attention by the energy department.

NGCP Vice President for system operations Carlito Claudio said last Friday the Luzon Grid would be placed on ?red alert' if the power supply deficiency is seen to hit 500 megawatts between February 16 and March 11.

The NGCP official said the 650 MW Malaya diesel-fired plant is likely to run out of fuel next week while the Limay plant, also diesel-fired, is expected to remain under repair until the end of the month. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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