Brownouts to continue in Davao City

POWER interruptions are not over yet as the Mindanao grid is still in its deficiency state heavily caused by the much-lowered power capacity of the hydro-power plants in Mindanao due to the El Niño phenomenon.

According to the Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC), power situation update as of Wednesday, March 30, the Mindanao-grid deficit is still of 70 megawatts (MW), thus, the continuous implementation of rotational brownouts in the city.

The situation is projected to worsen starting April.

"However, the duration of the rotating outages is expected to shorten from Tuesday's 1.5 hours to one hour today," DLPC said.

The distribution utility company added that as the supply allocation of some generating plants, which decreased Tuesday, improved on Wendesday resulting to a shorter duration of outages.

"To further mitigate this problem we had contracts with new generating plants for additional power supply. These are said to operate May and August 2016. Thus, between now and May, outages will still be experienced," Rossano C. Luga, DLPC's assistant vice-president for Reputation Enhancement Department said.

DLPC currently has power contracts from NPC (151 MW), TSI Unit 1 (50 MW), TSI Unit 2 (50 MW), Therma Marine Inc. (30 MW), Hedcor Sibulan (52 MW), HedcorTalomo (4 MW) and the most recent contract of 18 MW from the Alson's Western Mindanao Power Corp.

To further maximize supply contracts, DLPC is eyeing to source power from various power generators in Mindanao, including the 32 MW from Alson's Southern Philippines Power Corporation which is targeted by May and the 80 MW will be from the San Miguel Consolidated Power Corporation expected to enter by August 2016.

"For any outage that is outside the schedule or has a duration that is much longer than what is announced as this may be unscheduled or an emergency one," DLPC explained.

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