Sep 24, 2020

PALECO explains recent power outages

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PALECO has an explanation for the recent power outages.

The power distributor said one of the outgoing feeders of one power producer of Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) tripped, causing the prolonged power outage in some areas of the city and municipalities in Palawan on June 6.

The power outage started at 1:32 a.m. and resumed at 5:39 a.m.

It affected around 10 reclosers in Puerto Princesa and those in Roxas, Narra, Aborlan, Quezon, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Española, and Bataraza.

“Nag-trip ang outgoing feeder ng isang planta na nagresulta ng pag-overload ng unit ng ibang mga planta kaya nagkaroon ng total blackout,” the PALECO explained on its Facebook page on June 6.

In another post, power cooperative acting general manager and project supervisor Engr. Nelson Lalas said the recent power outages were due to technical problems that were explained by the independent power producers (IPPs) in a Power Family Coordination Meeting.

But Lalas did not specify what these technical problems that were encountered by the IPPs.

The IPPs of PALECO are Delta P, DMCI Power Corporation (DMCI), Palawan Power Generation Inc. (PPGI), and the government-owned National Power Corporation (NPC).

“Sa kabila nito, hindi itinatanggi ng pamunuan ng PALECO ang naging epekto ng malawakang magkakasunod na pagkawala ng kuryente nitong mga nakalipas na linggo,” Lalas said in the statement.

Lalas also said they have replaced their old lines with insulated wires in the area of Brgy. Iwahig to preserve them against environmental threats or tree branches, birds, geckos, squirrels, and snakes that get caught on the wires.

“Inuna nang palitan ng mga insulated wires ang mga lumang linya ng PALECO sa bahagi ng Iwahig,” he was further quoted.

With the approval of the PALECO capital expenditures (capex) by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), his statement said they are underway in implementing Sustainability and Strategic Plan measures to reduce the power outages.

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