DAVAO CITY – The coal-fired powerplant shutdown a week ago for preventive maintenance and was responsible for brownout in several parts of Mindanao is running again said an official of the government’s power grid corporation.

Melfrance Capulong, corporate spokesperson of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, said on a press conference Monday that as of March 2, that one powerplant of Steag State Power, Inc.(Steag) in Misamis Oriental, which was offline last week, is already “on test run” stage.

Capulong said the plant “already contributed to the available power reserves of the Mindanao grid and the other power plant is also set to run tomorrow (March 3).”

Capulong said that as of March 2, the system peak of the Mindanao island is at 1,423 MegaWatts (MW) while the demand is at 1,311 or an available reserve of 112 MW.

The Aboitiz-owned Davao Light and Power Company (DLCP), the sole electric distribution company in the city, has scheduled a two-hour rotating brownout for February 27 to March 2 but no blackout happened because of the “lower demand.”

DLPC officials in a press conference last Monday also said that they will no longer issue blackout advisories if the Steag powerplant will resume operations.

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