DAVAO City’s power utility firm said Tuesday that power outages in the city will remain at two hours even if the energy supply gap in Mindanao breached the 650-megawatt (MW) mark anew.

In a phone interview, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) Corporate Communications officer Ross Luga said the power utility firm will stick with the scheduled power outages.

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"The power outages will not be extended beyond two hours. We will follow the scheduled outages," Luga said.

Based on the latest monitoring of DLPC, the supply gap in Mindanao is at 650 MW after it steadied at 550 MW in the past couple of days.

Curtailment for the franchise area of DLPC increased to 125 MW from 100 MW. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), meantime, has increased its curtailment on the power utility by 25 MW.

The DLPC said that as of Monday, the rotational brownouts in Davao will still be at two hours per area, but this is subject to change if there are adjustments in NGCP curtailment, actual system demand, and Bajada Power Plant generation.

The Bajada Power Plant is running at full capacity, churning out 35 MW of power to augment the supply gap in the city.

Luga has earlier said the increase in the duration of the outages is due to the much-reduced generation capacity of the hydro electric plants in Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur and Pulangi River in Bukidnon, as advised by the NGCP.

The DLPC, said Luga, is coordinating with NGCP on a day-to-day basis to get the exact time of its de-loading and the level of curtailment it will impose. (CPM)