(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Friday, March 5, 2010

Power shortage in Mindanao now at 820-MW

BUTUAN CITY (March 5) - The power shortage in Mindanao now at 820 megawatts (MW).

In its latest advisory, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that the total available capacity of 820-MW in the Mindanao grid would still be insufficient to meet the peak demand of 1,470 MW.

From 498 generation deficiency on Wednesday, the additional power supply increased after STEAG Power Incorporated and Aboitiz Power Corporation increased their respective capability on Thursday, the NGCP advisory said.

STEAG Power Inc.'s coal-fired power plant increased its capability from 150 MW to 210 MW.

Another plant of Aboitiz Power Corporation’s Therma Marine Unit 2, was already synchronized to the grid on Thursday. It is now generating 47 MW.

“However, the total available capacity in the Mindanao grid would still be insufficient to meet the peak demand,” added the advisory of NGCP Friday.

Thus power curtailment from four to eight hours is still in effect at various electric cooperatives in the southern island, it added.

To support power distribution, an estimated 112 big industrial companies spread all over the southern island already volunteered to de-load from the grid during peak hours, it said.

The state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor) also started the operation of the 35-MW diesel power plant in Iligan City Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco T. Matugas told PNA that his province is already badly affected by the power outages as they experienced eight to 12 hours brownout a day. “The situation is getting worse,” the official said. (muc/PIA-Caraga)