Mindanao grid placed on red alert Friday

MANILA, Philippines — Power-grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Mindanao grid on red alert Friday due to the forced outage of some power plants.

In an advisory, it said the Mindanao grid is on red alert from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As of 6 a.m., the grid operator forecasts a power supply of 1,324 megawatts and a demand of 1,381 MW.

It further cited the contingency reserves fell short of the “required levels with a generation deficiency of 100 MW.”

The NGCP also urged distribution utilities in Mindanao to “observe their adjusted load allocation in accordance with the National Power Corp. and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management to maintain matrix.”

The first unit of Aboitiz Power subsidiary Therma South Inc., which has a capacity of 150 MW, was on forced shutdown since April 6. It targets to restore the unit by April 20.

The hydropower plants of Mindanao also have less power generation due to the lower water elevations. PNA/northboundasia.com