Saturday, 13 February 2010

Palace says power shortage manageable

Malacañang today expressed optimism that the prospects of two-hour to three-hour rotating power interruptions in Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be manageable and will not hamper the operations of key sectors.

"The Department of Energy (DOE) is doing all it can to lessen, if not totally avoid the inconvenience," Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Gary Olivar said in a press briefing today.

Reports said the power interruptions in Luzon next week is due to the projected supply shortfall of at least 500 megawatts in the Luzon grid.

Power supply in the Luzon grid is expected to fall critically short by Feb. 16, as the 650-MW Malaya plant run by Korea Electric and Power Corp. runs out of fuel at roughly the same time that the 2,700-MW Malampaya deep-water gas-to-power facility will undergo preventive maintenance.

The 620-MW Limay plant is also under preventive maintenance and is scheduled to resume operations only by the end of the month.

Moreover, Olivar said, the El Niño phenomenon is also affecting hydropower plants.

Olivar stressed the power problem will not be a major threat to business, as the problem will be "nowhere near the level of power interruptions" that bedeviled the Aquino administration, when Metro Manila experienced at least six hours of brownout every day.

He said renewable sources of energy, which are abundant in the country, is a better option as it is clean and cheaper. (PND)

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