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Mindanao power shortage trails dry spell

Manila (25 February) -- Tha National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the System Operator, reported that continued power shortage in Mindanao grid forced the system to limit the power load transmission to grid customers from 1000H to 2200H, as of February 22, 2010, NGCP-Visayas Communications Staff Edna Legaspina disclosed.

Ang generation deficiency usually happens when the supply of electricity generated from power plants is too low and may not be enough to meet the demand of the power grid users, Legaspina said.

The said deficiency is attributed to the following: reduced capabilities of hydro electric plants due to low elevation of water reservoirs where Agus and Pulangi plants experienced 70 % reduction in their available capabilities, the non-availability of Iligan Diesel Power Plant at 35 MW and the planned outage of Power Barge 117 Unit 2 at 50 MW.

She further said, that a total estimate of 400 MW is expected to be curtailed in the Mindanao grid at 1300H.

The System Operator urged the Mindanao power consumers to coordinate with the electric cooperatives in their areas for the complete list of areas affected and the schedule of power interruptions.

On the other hand, the Visayas grid also recorded a power reserve of 23 MW. The available capacity, as of February 22, is 1,100 MW and the demand is 1,165 MW. However, it is expected that the grid conditions would further improve with the synchronization to the grid of Power Barge 102 at 5 MW, Legaspina added.

While the Luzon grid continues to be stable and under normal status. The available capacity in Luzon grid this afternoon is 7,376 MW and the demand is 6,624 MW and enjoyed a power reserve of 752 MW, she said. (PIA Southern Leyte/ esg) [top]

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