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PIA Press Release
2010/03/04

ZAMCELCO power interruption daily bulletin requested

Zamboanga City (4 March) -- Sudden and rotating power interruptions followed by rationing of water supply irked most of the consumers in the city.

This was revealed during a meeting at the Sangguniang Panlungsod convened by Mayor Celso Lobregat to mitigate the ill effect of El Nino in the locality.

One participant in the meeting emphasized the effects of unprecendented brownouts that would possibly damage electric powered home appliances and the like.

With the reaction, the Mayor requested representatives of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to come up with a daily bulletin on the schedule of power interruption as he cited the information system introduced by PAGASA during typhoon season having a daily weather bulletin.

The request was taken into consideration by Zamcelco, learning the plight of the consumers towards the situation being experienced.

As this develop, Zamcelco representative explained the rotating brownouts were brought about by the decreasing water level of the Agus and Pulangui hydroelectric plants, thereby reducing their power generating capability.

These two power plants that supplies the region also are also relying from the main source which is Lake Lanao that is also experiencing low water level. The domino effect of El Niņo have greatly affected not only Zamboanga City but the entire Mindanao.

Currently, only 1,029 Megawatt of the 2,000 Megawatt needed for the region is being generated which means almost half of the required electric power is already lost.

Due to this occurrence, Zamcelco has decreased its power generation up to 600MW which is half of the power needed by the city. Per 100MW power curtailed by the NPC mean one (1) hour brownout, that's why we are currently imposing six (6) hours power interruption divided into three settings, the representative explained.

Power interruption also depends on how much power deficiency is curtailed by NPC which also depends on the water level at the hydro electric dams.

However, although we are experiencing these situations, Zamcelco is giving priority to feeders that covers critical loads that include the hospitals, PNP, water pumping stations and the like, the representative added. (fnm/PIA-Zamboanga City) [top]

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