Zamcelco imposes blackouts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014 13:14

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) has imposed anew sectional blackouts of one hour to two hours a day per feeder in the city since Monday due to shortage of power supply from the Mindanao grid.

Zamcelco Director Victor Liozo Jr. announced this yesterday afternoon, saying that the entire Mindanao grid is now short of 295 megawatts as a result of technical shutdown and low power generation of some power plants in Cagayan.

He said the coal-fired Steag Power Plant in Cagayan has been undergoing maintenance shutdown since January 25 and is expected to be completed on February 15. The facility normally supplies 210MW but its present power generation is only 105MW, thus a deficiency of 105MW.

Liozo added that another power plant (Pulangi 4) has reduced its generation capacity from the normal 255MW to 90MW or a deficiency of 165MW due to low water intake as a result of less or no rainfall at all these past few weeks.

On the other hand, Liozo said the two power plants of Agus 6 have been unable to generate electricity (zero supply) since last month as they undergo technical shutdown.

These, Liozo said, are the reasons why Zamboanga City is again experiencing sectional blackouts. However, he could not ascertain yet as to how long the blackouts would last, considering that the city’s power supply depends on the Mindanao grid. —Vic Larato