NGCP announces power shortage; Rotating brownouts expected today, March 1

NGCP announces power shortage; Rotating brownouts expected today, March 1
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced power shortage resulting to rotating brownouts today, March 1, as two major power plants, Sual Unit 1 (647 MW) and Masinloc Unit 1 (315 MW) shut down Feb. 28 due to boiler tube leak.

The breakdown of the two power plants puts the system condition on red alert status as other generating plants in the grid are likewise currently non-operating.

Still out are Kalayaan 3 (170MW), Sta. Rita 30 (254 MW), Sta. Rita 10 (254 MW) and Ilijan Plant (1200 MW).

Kalayaan 3 is at present under maintenance while both Sta. Rita 30 and Sta. Rita 10 are undergoing preventive maintenance. Sta. Rita 30, however, is expected to cut in today, March 1, at 2 p.m. Ilijan Plant’s shutdown, on the other hand, was due to the outage of the Malampaya gas pipeline on Feb. 10. Malampaya is scheduled for maintenance until March 10.

Also contributing to current red alert system condition is the restricted dispatch of hydro power generating plants due to limited water elevation. These affected hydro plants include Casecnan 1 & 2 (160 MW), San Roque (390 MW), Angat (200 MW) and Magat (360 MW).

The largest running unit at present is Sual Unit 2 (630 MW).

Expected deficiency at 11 a.m. today is pegged at 235 MW, 358 MW at 2 p.m. and 219 MW at 7 p.m.


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