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PIA Press Release
2010/02/27

NGCP says power reserves increased to 1,020 MW

Tuguegarao City (27 February) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in its latest report said that power reserves increased from 717 MW yesterday, to 1,020 MW today. This may be attributed to the increase in the available capacity from 0 MW to 350 MW of Malaya Thermal Plant (Unit 2) operated by Kepco Philippines.

The high reserves will ensure that the Luzon grid will remain stable and under normal status today. Provided all running power plants stay connected and synchronized to the grid, there will not be any outages among Luzon grid customers.

Visayas grid has improved and now has reserves of up to 31 MW. The available capacity in the grid has increased due to the coming in of Salcon Power's Cebu Thermal Power Plant Unit 1 which is now loaded with 50 MW. Said plant was on planned outage for maintenance activities for almost a week.

Mindanao grid, however, will continue to experience generation deficiency of up to 310 MW today which will force the system to curtail the power load given to customers.

The prevailing generation deficiency in Mindanao is attributed to limited available capacities from hydro power plants, most of which have water reservoirs that are drying up due to the el nino.

National Power Corporation's (Napocor) Agus Plants have a total available capacity of 145 MW today out of the total rated capacity of 727 MW. Pulangi Plant, also owned by Napocor, is running at 100 MW out of the total rated capacity of 255 MW.

NGCP will continue to monitor power grid conditions. As System Operator, it operates the power system or grid in accordance with the Philippine Grid Code. It is also the country's only utility responsible for transmitting high-voltage power from generators to distributors. NGCP does not own nor operate and maintain any power generation and distribution facilities. (PIA 2) [top]

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