‘Blackout not deliberate’ - NGCP

TRANSMISSION utility National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has denied claims that the hour-long brownout last Friday was “deliberate and a product of the connivance” between the company and the Energy Development Corp. (EDC).

Michelle Visera, NGCP regional corporate communications and public affairs officer for Western Visayas, made the clarification after a social media post of a Negros-based environment activist hinted that the frequent power blackouts will be used as a justification for EDC to expand its operations in the island.

“The outage was transmission-related and not from the generation side,” Visera said.

According to the NGCP, Friday’s power interruption happened after the 138KV Mabinay-Kabankalan lines tripped off at 12:28 p.m. cutting off power to the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, and Northern Negros Electric Cooperative.

The power lines were restored at 1:01 p.m. while the last 69KV feeder was energized at 1:44 p.m.

EDC has not issued a statement yet.

The geothermal power producer has asked the Protected Area Management Board of the North Negros Natural Park to allowed them to conduct a study at Mt. Mandalagan. (TDE)

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