(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: 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 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 South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mindanao hydro power output falls as effects of El NiΓ±o set in

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 1 (PIA) - Mindanao is now feeling the effects of El NiΓ±o as it affects the operations of the Agus and Pulangi Hydropower Complexes (APHC), which supplies nearly half of the island’s power supply.

“This was among the scenarios the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) has discussed in a meeting last month to draw up measures to cushion the impact of the weather phenomenon to the power sector," says Dir. Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) public affairs head.

The MinDA-led Mindanao power monitoring body has earlier cited that based on the report by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), El NiΓ±o conditions are present from the fourth quarter of this year up to the first quarter of 2016.

Information gathered from the National Power Corporation (NPC) showed that the water levels in Lanao Lake is now reaching critical levels at 699.86 meters above sea level (masl) as of October 30, 2015. This is nearing the lake's minimum operating level of 699.15 masl.

In the last 24 hours, data from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – PAG-ASA's Project NOAH showed that there was rainfall in the area but only lasted for less than an hour and with a maximum rainfall of 1 millimeter.

The weather phenomenon has resulted to the reduced capacity of the APHC. As of October 30, 2015, Pulangi IV is only producing 60 MW from 144 MW on October 26. On the other hand, the Agus Hydropower Plants are only producing 214 MW with Agus 1 and 2 producing no power due to a reported tripping of the 138 kV Agus-Kibawe Transmission Line, which connects Agus 1 and 2 to the main grid. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is still investigating the incident to determine cause of tripping which occurred on the evening of October 29.

The NGCP reported that as of October 30, 2015 there is a peak deficiency of 166 MW in the Mindanao grid affecting different areas in the island.

MinDA is closely coordinating and monitoring the situation together with the other members MPMC and determining the extent of the recent events to the operations of electric cooperatives and distribution utilities.

“Despite the current situation, we are still confident that by 2016 Mindanao will have a better power situation with the entry of base load power plants, reducing our dependency to Agus and Pulangi hydro," Montenegro said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)