POWER supply in Mindanao will still be limited as inflow of water to the power plants reservoirs continue to decline.

This was reported Thursday by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) after capacities of the Augus Plant dropped to 50 percent and Pulangi Plants by as much as 75 percent.

In Mindanao, most hydro-electric power plant units are running with limited capabilities due to the low water levels at Lake Lanao. These plants include Agus 1 (25 MW), Agus 2 (60 MW), Agus 4 (75 MW), Agus 6 (100 MW), Agus 7 (24 MW), and Pulangi 4 (80 MW), NGCP said.

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The report further stated that Mindanao's power deficiency increased further to 218 megawatt (MW) after its available capacity was placed at 962MW as against the peak demand of 1,180MW.

Aside from Mindanao, NGCP said power supply situation in Visayas is also not improving.

The transmission firm said Visayas is still lacking 81MW after its available capacity was only 1,099 compared to peak demand of 1,180MW.

"Because of the generation deficiency in Visayas and Mindanao, electricity supply may not be enough to meet the demand of all power grid users," added NGCP.

Luzon grid, according to the NGCP remains on white alert as its reserve capacity was placed at more than 800MW.

The Limay plant in Bataan also increased its capacity from 360MW Wednesday to 540MW Thursday.

Meanwhile, NGCP said they are hoping that power situation in Mindanao will improve soon as the Agus 5 Unit is now undergoing test for its upcoming operations and the PB (Power Barge) 117 is expected to come online by March 1. (MSN/Sunnex)