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Power shortage in Mindanao now at 650-MW

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (4 March) -- Update from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines now places power shortage in Mindanao at 650 MW as of March 2.

Davao Light and Power Company Vice President for Engineering Roger Velasco confirmed this data in yesterday's Club 888 Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel, this city.

Velasco said that the latest advisory from the NGCP showed an increased deficiency from 578 MW to 650MW.

After the meeting held March 2 (Tuesday) in Cagayan de Oro City, power distributors are told for a revised curtailment schedule which will probably be implemented this week.

"The NGCP is having a hard time doing this but we will soon have the revised curtailment schedule since the matrix is now on its finalization stage," he said.

Davao City is considered the luckiest city in Mindanao for only experiencing a mere 1 hour brownout daily as compared to other provinces' 8 to 12 hours daily.

Velasco attributed this impact to the standby power plant in Bajada which subsidizes power supply deficiencies in the Davao area.

However, the DLPC official could not ascertain if this daily one-hour brownout would not be increased to two or more.

The power distributor would only hope that not one of its major plants would conk out for this would definitely shoot up the curtailment level.

"The present situation is very fluid and the ambient temperature will definitely play an important part in the curtailment schedule," said Velasco.

Some parts of the city experienced rain yesterday, however, the DLPC is rather praying for rains in the Northern and Central Mindanao to fill up both Lake Lanao and Pulangi.

DLPC, getting a share of 100 MW from the Mindanao Grid currently has two engines down from operation but expects to have them operate as soon as the technical problem is solved.

Davao is somehow spared from the fears of longer brownouts with the full operation of the Sibulan Hydro Powerplant.

Also supporting the power distributor are the 23 industrial companies which volunteered to de-load from the grid during peak hours. However, DLPC hopes to achieve a 50 percent savings that would cover at least 10 MW. This translates to 10,000 customers who would voluntarily de-load. (PIA XI) [top]

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