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PIA Press Release
2010/02/23

Davao Light Bajada power plant spares franchise from outages

Davao City (23 February) -- Running at sustained operations, the Bajada Power Plant of the Aboitiz-owned Davao Light & Power Company generates an average of 40MW.

This has spared the customers of the long power outages now being experienced in other parts of Mindanao.

Commercial and industrial activities have not been disrupted and as result the economic conditions within Davao Light's franchise have not been adversely affected.

With the onset of the El Niņo phenomenon, water elevation of the Lake Lanao and Pulangi River has gone down to critical levels. These are the sources of water that drive the turbines of major hydro-electric plants like the Agus and Pulangi.

NGCP load curtailment advisory

As according to Milfrance Q, Capulong, Regional Corporate Communications Officer, with a RED ALERT state of Mindanao Grid due to zero (0) contingency reserve brought about by generation-deficiency caused; Reduced capabilities of Hydro Electric Plants (Agus Plants 50% reduction and Pulangi Plant 75% reduction due to very Low Water Inflow to their reservoirs);

Forced Outage of Agus1 U1(40mw); Planned Outage of PB117 U2(50mw); Non-availability of IDPP (35mw) and Fuel Constraint of WMPC(from 90MW to 35MW). Curtailment level gridwide are as follows: 1000H - 250mw; 1300H - 300mw; 1730H - 350mw.

Maximum load curtailment was 82MW starting last Thursday and yesterday. Today,1/20, we are curtailed up to 72.6MW by NGCP, according to Davao Light's Engr. Rodger Velasco, VP for Engineering.

There were only 4 days when loads were dropped: Feb 5 (by NGCP), Feb 8, 9 and 10 and we had to resort to the 30-minute rotation outages (according to Davao Light's Engr. Rodger Velasco, VP for Engineering).

Davao Light's franchise areas include: entire Davao City and Davao del Norte areas in Panabo City and its neighboring municipalities of Carmen, Dujali and Sto. Tomas.

Through close coordination of Davao Light's Systems Operations Department and Bajada Power Plant engineers, the incidence of the rotating power outages have been kept to the barest minimum. Joseph Somozo, who runs a printing business in Panabo City says he is happy that his business has not been disrupted by power interruptions especially with the nearing elections and while he is printing campaign ads. (DLPC) [top]

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