By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
WHILE the power situation in Mindanao is still normal, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said it is on “heightened alert” after the disturbances in Marawi City, which prompted the declaration of martial law on the Mindanao.
“We’re under heightened alert and are extra vigilant in safeguarding the facilities,” said Cynthia P. Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson, said in a news conference at the company’s head office in Quezon City on Wednesday.
Privately held-NGCP, which operates and maintains the country’s power transmission grid, will be issuing updates on the situation in the area that is affecting how it transmits electricity, she said.
“We monitored a disturbance in one of the facilities servicing Marawi City,” she said, adding that NGCP field personnel were unable to inspect that facilities in the area. “The situation there is a little tense,” she said.
She said that although Marawi City was able to draw power, there was a marked decrease it its consumption to five megawatts (MW) from 12 MW on regular days.
In an update, the NGCP said power from the Agus 1 Hydro Plant to the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) feeder remained normal. Only 5 megawatts (MW) are being drawn compared to the normal 12 MW loading, it said.
The company noted that it has monitored tripping affecting Marawi City caused by a disturbance at the Mindanao State University (MSU) load-end switching station. Transmission line personnel however could not inspect and fix the affected facility due to the lockdown in the area.
The NGCP assured that the rest of Mindanao is experiencing normal power supply and its personnel are safe.
The company said it is preparing its contingency plans for the next 60 days.
“The rest of Mindanao is under normal operations,” said Ms. Alabanza, who is also NGCP’s head of corporate communications and public affairs.
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