Shorter brownouts expected in Davao

Subscribe Now April 18, 2016 at 06:09am

BETTER power situation in Davao City can be expected starting today as unit one of the Therma South Inc., (TSIs) coal-fired power plant went online on Sunday, three days ahead of its scheduled 14-day repair works.

In the wake of this development, rotating power interruptions will be down from five hours to two to three hours, the Davao Light ang Power Co. (DLPC) said on Sunday.

“TSI has completed the corrective works on its Unit 1 (130 MW net) ahead of its 14-day schedule which started last April 6. The power plant synchronized with the grid at 5:33 a.m., Sunday, April 17. The power plant is now exporting energy to the grid. We thank our customers and the public for their patience and understanding as Therma South went through this critical activity,” Sebastian R. Lacson, TSI president and COO, said in a press statement.

Rossano C. Luga, DLPC assistant vice-president (AVP) for Reputation Enhancement Department in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao on Sunday said that the early completion of corrective works of TSI unit 1 is of huge help as far as power situation in Davao City is concerned.

DLPC has a total of 100 MW contracted power supply from the two-unit TSI coal-fed plant.

“We projected that starting April 21, brownout durations will be down to 2 to 3 hours because that is when we expected TSI unit 1 to come back, since it came earlier, yes, a likelihood of a 2-3 hour brownouts will be implemented starting Monday however we will still have to consider other power suppliers if indeed a 2 to 3 hours will be implemented,” he said.

DLPC is yet to come up with an official statement on the schedule of rotating brownouts and duration within its franchise areas.

He emphasized that power situation as to demand and supply varies on an hourly basis.

In clarifying the issue on the alleged non-compliance of rotational brownout schedule, DLPC executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) Arturo M. Milan, said in an earlier interview: "I would like to clarify that the brownout schedule is only a guide it is not the actual schedule because as you can see there are different levels of supply in every hour of the day. It is not fixed, sometimes it rises or falls and it means bigger shortage that is why we are adding more brownouts because of the shortage of supply," Milan said.

He said that power situation in the city is expected to normalize in May as additional 50 megawatts (MW) of power supply will enter Davao City’s grid starting May as DLPC contracted 50 MW from the Alsons Power’s Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani and if no power plant will conk out.

“We are expecting for the power situation to normalize starting May 1 provided that no generating power plants will be down and that all of them will operate normally. The expected rainfall starting May will also pave way for a better power outlook in Mindanao,” Milan said.

Power situation in May will be at 421 MW total contracted supply, efficient to meet the 371 MW peak demand.

DLPC franchise areas which covers Davao City, Panabo City, Sto. Tomas, Carmen, and Dujali, Davao del Norte.


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