Thursday, 13 September 2012

Four-hour brownout hits Legazpi three other towns

LEGAZPI CITY: A four-hour brownout hit this city and the neighboring towns of Daraga, Camalig and Manito after a National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) power line broke down, a ranking official of the Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) said recently.

Power shut off at about 6.45pm last Tuesday when the NGCP power line connecting to Aleco’s Bitano sub-station in this city broke down, rendering a four-hour power interruption, according to Rey Reverente, Aleco acting general manager.

Reverente, in a phone interview yesterday, disclosed that power tripped at the Bitano sub-station, 69 Kilo-Vault Amperes Transformer that provides electricity to some 70,000 households in this city and the towns of Daraga, Camalig, and Manito.

He said technical personnel from the NGCP and Aleco power linemen rushed to the Bitano site to do repair work on the damaged power line connection.

NGCP-Aleco technical personnel took four hours to repair the damaged connection caused by what they termed as a power “airbreak.” Power was restored at 10.45pm Tuesday.

Later that evening another power interruption occurred at 1.30pm last Wednesday but power was restored 30 minutes later.

The four-hour brownout caught consumers by surprise while they were watching primetime TV newscast while others were having their dinner.

Earlier, a two-hour brownout also hit this city and the neighboring town of Daraga last Aug. 30 due to regular maintenance work on NGCP’s 69 KVA Daraga-Sorsogon power load transformer.

The brownouts sent thousands of power consumers here to think that Aleco should settle its P4 billion outstanding accounts with several power providers to ensure efficient power supply. – Bicol Mail

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