Sunday, October 14, 2012

Luzon, Visayas Power Outages Bared

MANILA, Philippines - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has served notice of a series of scheduled, yet unrelated, power interruptions in Northern Luzon and the Visayas this weekend Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP North Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer, said customers of La Union Electric Company (LUECO) Bauang and Poro Substations will experience a two-hour power outage on October 13. The scheduled outage, which would take place from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., would be the result of corrective maintenance work of selected pole structures along Bauang-Poro 69-kilovolt transmission line segment, Gaydowen said. In the Visayas, upcoming maintenance activity along the Dingle-Passi 69-kV transmission line will cause power interruptions in some parts of Iloilo, particularly portions of Iloilo II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ILECO II) franchise area. NGCP Visayas Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Elmer Cruz said that some parts of ILECO II would go dark between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. also on Saturday. Meanwhile, customers of distribution utility (DU) Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO) will experience a 12-hour power outage-from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.-again on Saturday. Cruz said the reason for the extended power interruption would be the replacement of poles along the 69-kV Calbayog-Palanas Cara-Catarman transmission line. Parts of Cebu will undergo a nine-hour power interruption on Sunday, October 14 due to maintenance activity along the Calungcalung-Asturias 69-kV transmission line, Cruz also revealed. The outage, which will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., will affect customers of Cebu III Electric Cooperative Inc. (CEBECO III). "Normal operations will immediately resume after work completion. NGCP's customers and the general public are advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption," the power system operator said. As to which specific cities and municipalities would be affected by the scheduled power interruptions this weekend, the NGCP said that it would be up to the DUs to decide unless the activity affects the entire franchise area. "The DU allots the available power within its franchise area and implements the power interruption schedule among the end-users," the corporation noted.