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Palace turns around, claims no power shortage this month

Monday, July 2, 2012

Amid hints of a production slowdown in Luzon when power plants dependent on natural gas supplied from the Malampaya field as fuel shut down for main-tenance this month, the Pa-lace yesterday said that power supply in the main island will be sufficient next month and apprehensions about a supply shortage were misplaced.

Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said that the fears of a shortage in electricity supply was the result of a wrong interpretation of color codes being used by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in sizing up stocked energy.

It was, however, Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte who indicated that a power shortage might be unavoidable this month adding that President Aquino had instructed the Department of Energy (DoE) to meet with the power grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) and dominant electricity distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), to thresh out contingency measures aimed at preventing brownouts from affecting Luzon.

Valte said the government is instituting measures to cushion the power shortage which will likely happen when power plants getting fuel supplies from the Malampaya natural gas facility and some other Luzon power plants are shut off for maintenance..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/996-palace-turns-around-claims-no-power-shortage-this-month

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