SP PROBES NGCP’S REASON FOR POWER OUTAGES INTERUPTIONS

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The recent power outages that had beset the Province, prompted the Thirteenth Sangguniang Panlungsod to pass Resolution No. 16-190, “A resolution requesting the Department of Energy to Investigate and Verify the Causes of the Successive Power Outages in the Province of Bohol.” DOE endorsed the resolution to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and asked the NGCP to provide their reasons for the power outages, their plan of actions to prevent future power outages and possible dates when the next series of power outages will occur.

On February 23, NGCP’s  Engr. Gil V. Melencion, Engr. Joseph R. Sagaral, Engr. Ma. Rosette Martinez and Engr.  Octavio B. Briones presented themselves  to City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso and City Councilor Eliezer “Ondoy” L. Borja  to give updates on the power situation in Bohol and to explain that the power outages were attributed to the trippings of the NGCP’s Ormoc-Maasin Line which were cascaded to the Ubay-Maasin line and eventually to the feeders serving the Bohol area.   The planned outages were necessarily done to facilitate the comprehensive maintenance of the feeders in Bohol Grid. While the unplanned outages were due to lightning which hit some of the towers along the line.

The power outage last December that lasted longer than expected was due to the energizing of the new Ormoc –Maasin line 2. Currently, the NGCP has 2 functioning lines to further strengthen the transmission network in the Visayas Grid  specifically to improve the link of Bohol Grid with Leyte Grid.

Right now, the NGCP is also proposing the Cebu-Bohol Interconnection Project to complement the existing Leyte-Bohol circuit which is nearing to be overloaded.  NGCP also provided a tentative schedule of the proposed power outages for this 2017.  These 1-2 hour power outages (except for June-total shutdown) are done for the comprehensive maintenance of the lines.

Circuit                                                                   Date

Tagbilaran-Garcia                                             Feb 11,  2017

Trinidad-Carmen                                              Feb 18, 2017

Alicia-Garcia                                                       Feb 24-25, Mar 17-18, 2017

Ubay-Trinidad                                                   Mar 25, 2017

Corella- Tubigon                                               June 17, 2017  (TOTAL SHUTDOWN)

Ubay-Alicia                                                         June 17, 2017  (TOTAL SHUTDOWN)

Corella- Tubigon                                               Jul 1, 29, 2017

Tagbilaran- Garcia                                            Jul 8, 2017

Catigibian-Carmer                                            Jul 15, 2017

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