4-hour daily blackout hits Davao Light franchise 

Apr. 07, 2016

TAGUM CITY— Due to reduction of power supply caused by the effects of El Niño, ​and the sudden shutdown of a unit of a coal plant in Davao City, ​the Davao Light and Power Company started implementing a period of two to four hours of rotational power outages since Wednesday, April 6.

The power outages, DLPC said, was attributed to the emergency shutdown of one of the units of the Therma South Inc. (TSI) coal-fired power plant in which DLPC has a 50 MW contract. Therma South Inc. is presently investigating to determine the problem.

In a statement Thursday, Ross Luga, Davao Light’s Communication officer said that Davao Light will continue to optimize on its supply contracts with the other generating plants, activate the Interruptible Load Program and run the standby Bajada Power Plant.

“Davao Light emphasizes that due to no reserve in the Mindanao grid, any major plant that will undergo shutdown will extend the length of time of the rotating brownout including Davao Light,” he said.

According to Luga, new generating plants mostly coal-fueled power plant in Mindanao, which Davao Light has contracted additional power supply, are coming in May and August 2016. (davaotoday.com)

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