Rotation Brownouts Hit Cebu

10/06/2010 - CEBU CITY – Power outages lasting at least two hours hit some areas in Cebu and Metro Cebu Power utility firm, Visayas Electric Company (VECO), said the rotation brownouts will continue in the next few days due to power shortfall.

The Department of Energy-Region VII was still waiting for the report on the investigation of the National Grid Power Corporation, whose Naga-Sigpit transmission line tripped off at 2:34 a.m. Tuesday.

DOE Regional Director Antonio Labios said that the Cebu Thermal Power Plant 2 in Naga conked off the grid last October 4 due to a condenser trouble. Labios said CTTP 2 is expected to get back on line by October 9.

Even as power in the Naga-Sigpit transmission line was restored at 7:30 a.m. on the same day, the brownouts went on until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

With the unexpected tripping-off of the said transmission line, the two coal-fired power plants belonging to the Cebu Energy Development Corporation with a total combined capacity of 160 megawatts blipped out in the Cebu-Negros-Panay grid.

As a result, the CNP grid, which already sustained a power supply shortfall for the past several months, suffered an additional shortage of 160 MW.

Yesterday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) advised VECO of a 300 MW power shortfall. VECO’s share of the shortfall yesterday was 180 MW as of 8:30 a.m. This would mean a rotation power outage or brownout of two hours per area.

VECO spokesperson Ethel Natera said the power utility firm’s power consumers in Metro Cebu and towns as far as Liloan in the North and San Fernando in the South experienced at least two hours of outage.

Labios said NGCP reports showed that several plants that supplied power to the Visayas grid were down.

These include the Cebu Thermal Power Plant (CTTP) 1 and 2 in Naga, Cebu, both with a combined capacity of around 100 megawatts; the Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant unit 2 in Negros Oriental, which has a capacity of around 35 MW; the two units of the Cebu Energy Development Corp. coal-fired power plants in Toledo City, with their combined capacity of 164 MW and the Mahanagdong Geothermal Power Plant in Tongonan Leyte, which has more than 35 MW in capacity. (Manila Bulletin)

1 comments:

Nonoy said...

Brownouts are really irritating, especially when you're in a middle of a task and you are in a hurry; when you about to send an email or an assignment, the lights go off! In Lapu-Lapu power interruptions occur almost every morning and evening. Recently it's three days straight. I hope this comment gets to you before we lost power again, Shocks!

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