07 Jan NGCP Warning: Possible Grid Collapse in Mindanao
On Wednesday, a statement was issued with NGCP saying that Mindanao will likely to lose power for there is currently one line which is the Maramag-Bunawan 138-kV line which delivers power from the Agus Hydro Complex. Due to this, the National Grid Corporatio of the Philippines (NGCP) placed Mindanao under red alert warning of a possible grid collapse.
NGCP added that if the said line will be undermined, there won’t be power to flow from the remaining Agus hydro facilities to southern places in Mindanao where most of the power demands come from. This would collapse the grid causing blackouts to major parts of Mindanao such as Davao City and General Santos City.
From 10 AM to 9 PM of Wednesday, NGCP monitored the contingency reserves which fell to zero watts due to the isolation of NAPOCOR owned generating facilities Agus 1 and 2 hydropower plants (connected to the grid through Agus 2-Kibawe 138-kV line).
The restoration of the bombed towers in Ramain, Lanao del Sur wasn’t yet worked out for the land owners Johnny Sambitori, Intan Sambitori and Naguid Sambitori are not cooperating. Negotiations with these persons were failed for they said the government wasn’t able to pay their claims.
NGCP appeals an issue to the public, the government and the security agencies to protect the towers, and to the community leaders to help them distinguish the mastermind of the bombings and hopefully to negotiate with the uncooperative landowners in order to avoid longer interruptions in power.