Just recently, an announcement was made by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) indicating that they will be implementing a 12-hour power shutdown on Sunday, February 09, from 6am to 6pm. This is due to the maintenance work that will be done on their transformer and switch yard supplying the city. Moreover, it was also stated that the supply from the Panay Development Corp (PEDC) coal plant will be unavailable.
The advisory continues:
To hopefully avert a power interruption, we plan to run the Panay Power Corp.(PPC) diesel plant with a total net capacity of 50 megawatts for the period of the outage. We will utilize the embedded direct connection between PECO and PPC, line 2 & line 4, to facilitate the supply of power. We will likewise source supply from our Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) contract and Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) thru line 5 to further augment the supply needs of the city.
However, we may experience possible load-shedding if the consumption of the city exceeds the capacity of both the diesel plant and PCPC/WESM capacities. We will have to load-shed two of our feeder lines at a time with a combined capacity of 8 megawatts. As such, there is a possibility that our service area will experience rotational brownouts during the NGCP shutdown. Rest assured that we will be prioritizing residential areas and will request our larger customers to assist us by running their gensets to augment the power supply.
Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for bearing with us. Rest assured that we at PECO are doing our best to provide our valued consumers with uninterrupted power.
Moreover, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas also shared about the upcoming 12-hour power shutdown. Treñas advises residents to recharge gadgets and prepare everything to cope with all tasks during the power shutdown.