04 SEPTEMBER 2012
NGCP restores power to areas tapping Agus hydro plant, but threat of outage remains
Parts of Mindanao may still suffer from power outages even after the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines restored service in some areas sourcing their electricity from the Agus hydroelectric power complex.
In a report, NGCP said it restored service to its customers as of 4:15 p.m. of September 4.
While the grid operator's facilities were spared from any damage, a fire that broke out September 1 at the Agus 6 power plant in Iligan City damaged a cable tunnel adjacent to NGCP's equipment.
As a result, 69 kilovolt lines delivering power to the Iligan Light and Power Co. Inc., Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative and several industries directly connected to the Agus 6 tripped.
State-owned National Power Corp., which operates the Agus complex, said repairs at the Agus 6 plant would last beyond Friday.
Given this, parts of Mindanao would still be hit by power outages, unless demand in the region does not surpass available power supply.
Based on data from NGCP, available power supply in Mindanao as of September 4 stood at 999 megawatts, or 184 megawatts below the peak demand of 1,183 megawatts.
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