DAVAO CITY – The Davao Light and Power Corporation announced another tight power supply situation in its franchise areas after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) advised another tight power supply situation in Mindanao due to the Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) of the 105 MW one-unit of STEAG coal-fired power plant.

“This has resulted to a very low average power supply allocation to Davao Light and Power Co. As of today, Nov. 23, the NGCP has only allocated 167 MW to Davao Light. This is much lower than its power supply contract of 273 MW,” said Rosanno Luga, assistant vice president for reputation enhancement of DLPC in a statement to the press Monday.

He said Davao Light’s power supply contracts with other generating plants could have compensated the deficit given the current power situation.

“Unfortunately, last Nov. 22, the Therma South Inc. coal-fired power plant’s 150 MW unit, which Davao Light has a 50 MW contract, had to undergo an emergency shutdown due to a problem in the said unit,” said Luga.

Luga added that Davao Light’s contract with the Therma Marine Inc. has also decreased from 30 MW to 19 MW due to the PMS of one of its four units with a capacity of 45 MW.

“Sibulan hydropower plant as well has advised a reduced capability to facilitate an emergency repair on one of its plants,” he said.

Luga said Davao Light will continue to run its Bajada Power Plant and activate its Interruptible Load Program wherein participating large customers will use their own generating sets instead of drawing power from the distribution line.

“With this situation, Davao Light is left with only 246 MW to supply the forecasted demand of its customers of 340 MW. This will result to rotating power interruptions with a maximum duration of three to four hours during peak, which is from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and a maximum of 1.5 hours during off-peak, which is from 10PM to 8AM,” said Luga.

Davao Light said the implementation of the rotating power interruptions will continue until the said generating plants will be back online. (davaotoday.com)

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