Brownout up to 7 hours daily-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, September 5, 2013
THOUSANDS of electric consumers in Zamboanga City will have to endure longer time of brownout since the daily rotational and unscheduled brownouts increased to seven hours a day starting Tuesday from six hours being experienced the past two weeks.
Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Inc. (Zamcelco) president Omar Sahi said the daily rotational brownout is caused by the drying-up of Pulangi River in Lanao.
Sahi said Pulangi is only generating at present about 120 megawatts (MW) for the Maria Cristina Grid from 400 MW, thus, the additional one hour brownout daily.
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) has yet to fix Agus 2 and Agus 6 turbines, which broke down last August 19 and the repair works on Agus 4 is set to be completed by September 15, Sahi said.
However, he said there will still be daily rotational brownout even if repairs on Agus 4 is done, but it will be lowered to four from six to seven-hour a day.
He said the present power supply Zamcelco is receiving is less than 29 MW since only 58 MW is provided to the cooperative. The firm’s total peak load is 87 MW.
He said the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management supplies 34 of the 87 MW and the Therma Marine Inc. delivers 18 MW while the Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) is only providing 6 MW because of engine breakdown recently.
MPC is supposed to supply Zamcelco 18 MW, Sahi said.