Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Antonio Labios said the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) assured that no work maintenance will be initiated during a series of Apec meetings in Cebu.
“It is very clear that DOE has instructed NGCP to prepare their contingency measures. As of now, our power situation is normal,” said Labios.
During the Kapistorya forum organized by the Provincial Information Office yesterday, Labios said that the power utilities were advised to prepare contingency plans to ensure continuous supply of power during the summit meetings not only in Cebu but in the entire country.
He said officials of the Visayan Electric Company (Veco) and the Mactan Electric Company (Meco) assured that their power measures are already set.
Labios said Kepco-Salcon Power Corp., the company where Meco gets 40 percent of its supply, also has a contingency plan.
The Apec third senior officials’ meeting has been set from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2 in Cebu.
Earlier, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. said there will be about 35 to 40 meetings daily from Aug. 24 to Sept. 11, Oct. 8 to 10, and Oct. 12 to 13 in Cebu.
Veco system operations head Juan Miguel Exaltacion said the company’s contingency plans are well set, especially on unplanned outages.
He assured that Veco can restore power in a minimum span of time. Exaltacion said that manual load drop happens if there is shortage of power supply.
But in case of rotational brownouts, he said, Veco will exclude the feeders that connect to the venues of the Apec meetings like Radisson Blu, Marco Polo and Marriott Hotel.
Exaltacion said the demand for power may increase by 4.5 to 5 percent during Apec events based on the 460-megawatt peak demand last summer.
He said that Veco is closely coordinating with NGCP for the approved scheduled power interruptions.
Labios said the Visayas Grid has a 1,700-megawatt supply capacity.
Currently, he said there is only 1,300 to 1,400 megawatts daily demand in the Visayas.
He hopes that this demand will continue until the Apec meetings.
Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said everything is set after NGCP gave its assurance.
Natera said that NGCP also asked the power utilities to schedule their maintenance before the meetings.
She said Meco and the Cebu Electric Cooperative are also willing to give up supply in case of power shortage in the areas where the meetings are held.