Industry players told to explain sudden blackout in Luzon

ENERGY Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered the concerned industry participants to come up with their respective reports on the power outage that hit some parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, Tuesday night.

The DOE said Wednesday that eight large power plants with a total of 2,407 megawatts (MW) capacity tripped starting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I am asking for a comprehensive report and will tap experts to come up with a fair analysis on what transpired. We will look into the entire system and the specific roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders. This is to assure the public that there will be enough power supply during the holiday season,” Cusi said.

He specifically made the order to the generation companies, the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and distribution utilities "to explain in writing what could have occurred in their respective areas of concern."

Several areas in Luzon grid suffered brownout for one hour and 20 minutes because of the tripping of the power plants, such as the three units of Sta. Rita with 600MW and two units of San Lorenzo Natural Gas Power Plants in Batangas with 526MW.

The other power plants that tripped were San Roque with 95MW, San Gabriel with 420MW, Quezon Power Philippines Ltd. with 452MW, Bacman with 136MW, Trans Asia with 27MW, and GN Power with 151MW.

DOE said that as of 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, the power supply capacity in Luzon stood at 9,985MW with a demand of 8,341MW and a reserve level of 1,644MW. (SDR/Sunnex)
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