2 towns, city in 3rd district experience rotating brownouts-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
THOUSANDS of families in the towns of Pinamungajan and Aloguinsan and Toledo City in Cebu’s third district have been experiencing rotating brownouts for almost a week.
They experienced total blackout at dawn on Sept. 12.
According to the Cebu Electric Cooperative (Cebeco) 3’s advisory, there’s a problem with its 10-megavolt ampere (MVA) power substation.
The utility firm was able to borrow from Cebeco 2 a 10-MVA power substation, which was supposed to be placed in Carmen in the fifth district.
Cebeco 3 placed the borrowed 10-MVA power substation in Barangay Calongcalong, Toledo City.
Virgilio Fortich Jr., Cebeco 3 general manager, said the three local government units (LGUs) need 10 megawatts but the transmission lines can only carry seven megawatts up to the load center.
“Di makaya sa linya to (the lines cannot) load the capacity, 10 megawatts, nga gikinahanglan (which is needed by the three LGUs),” he said.
In a TV Patrol Central Visayas report, the rotating brownouts affect 40,000 households.
He said they will have a new power substation but it is still under construction.
He said the contractor needs three months to complete it.
Fortich said they will temporarily rent a 10-MVA power substation from Manila, which costs P400,000 per month, until the new power substation is operational.
He said it will be delivered after a week. When it arrives, he said they will try their best to have it working in two days.
Fortich said the power supply in the three LGUs will be restored after they work on the rented 10-MVA power substation.
“Within two weeks mabalik na ang total 100 percent power supply (will be restored), 24/7,” Fortich said.
Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said they are coordinating with Cebeco management to see how the Province can help.
“I just learned about it today…As of now, we are helping them with info dissemination on their efforts to address the situation,” Natera said in a text message.
Natera said she already told Gov. Hilario Davide III about the situation.
New power plant
In a related development, the new coal-fired power plant of the Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC) in Toledo City will be operational by the end of next year.
Speaking before the 888 News Forum yesterday, Mae Katherine Melchor, GBPC corporate communications officer, said the 82-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant is an expansion project of their company, which already has 256-MW plants in the province that have been operating for several years.
Melchor said they are using new technology from Semirara Mining Corp. and Indonesia.
She said a multi-sectoral monitoring committee is in-charge of preventing pollution during the delivery of the coal supply and the coal-fired plant’s operation.
GBPC held a groundbreaking ceremony for the coal-fired plant last Nov. 11.
The new power plant is expected to start supplying power to Carmen Copper Corp. and Cebeco 3 on Dec. 26, 2014.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2013.