Celso: Power interruption today only a few minutes, not 9 hours PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:42

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday urgently sought to clarify published news item that erroneously reported about a 9-hour power interruption to be experienced in the city today, May 4.

Lobregat said the officials from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) have clarified that the power interruption, as stated in a joint press statement will only take place for a few minutes at 8am and at 5pm today along NGCP’s Zamboanga-Tumaga 69KV line affecting the Sangali and Putik sub-stations.

The report entitled “9 hours power interruption on May 4- Zamcelco” was published in the front page of another yesterday citing an April 30, 2013 press statement issued by Zamcelco manager Sherwin Mañada. However, the content of the news item was not consistent with the title.

“I was a bit disturbed in the sense that, as you may know we have been trying to exert all efforts to secure additional power as early as possible, even ahead of the issuance of the provisional authority and here comes this news item”,    Lobregat lamented stressing that the news item leads to public confusion.

Based on the Zamcelco-NGCP press release, brief power interruptions will be experienced today, May 4,  affecting Zamcelco’s Putik and Sangalli sub-stations at 8am and at 5pm.  The brief power interruption is “due to the switching procedures required to isolate the Sangali-Tumaga 69KN line to be done by NGCP personnel for the preventive maintenance…”

Lobregat said the power interruptions will only take place for a few minutes at 8am and 5pm and not from 8am to 5pm as what the news item implied.

As this developed, Lobregat announced that MAPALAD Power Corp. downloaded yesterday, May 3, a total of 10 megawatts-capacity based on the city’s urgent requests to the MPC through the San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) and to the Energy Regulatory Commission.

The 10mw-capacity, instead of 7mw was delivered May 3, instead of the May 14 original schedule. It is the first drawdown out of the 18mw-capacities stipulated in the power sale agreement between Zamcelco and MPC.  Delivery of the remaining 8mw is being fast tracked.

Lobregat said the additional power will reduce power outage in the city by over 2 hours.

He stressed that the city government is closely coordinating with Zamcelco to ensure that additional power will be secured to reduce power outage in the city.

The mayor’s intervention on Zamcelco’s request to the ERC to fast track the issuance of a provisional authority for the implementation of the PSA resulted to a ERC’s permission for Zamcelco to draw power from MAPALAD even prior to the conduct of the public hearings set on May 14.

Lobregat likewise intervened and requested Mapalad to accelerate the delivery of the 18mw capacities committed to Zamcelco and to explore other sources to help augment power supply in Zamboanga City.

Mindanao, particularly Zamboanga City is experiencing power outages due to reduced water level at Lake Lanao activates the hydroelectric power plants. — Sheila Covarrubias