‘Sabotage’ caused recent power outage in Mindanao provinces

by Lenie Lectura – January 25, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has repairing the burned transmission pole in Maguindanao over the weekend.

The NGCP’s Sultan Kudarat Substation-Cotabato City-Datu Saudi Ampatuan 69-kiloVolt line tripped on January 22 at 10:57 p.m. because of a burned transmission pole in Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Initial findings indicate sabotage.

Cotabato City’s power supply was restored at 1:39 a.m., and Maguindanao at 7:14 a.m. on January 23. The NGCP completed the necessary repairs at 1:54 p.m. on Saturday, with the installation of a modified lightweight tower.

“The NGCP is doing all it can to ensure continued, uninterrupted power transmission services all over the country. However, power interruptions caused by force majeure events, like sabotage and tower bombings, are beyond the NGCP’s control,” it said.

The NGCP is appealing to the national government, the local government units, law-enforcement agencies, like the National Police and the Armed Forces, as well as local communities and their leaders, to help secure transmission lines to prevent such power interruptions.

For its part, the Department of Energy (DOE), once again, appealed for the public’s cooperation for the Mindanao Grid.

In view of another incident affecting transmission facilities, “We are calling everyone’s cooperation to immediately resolve the ongoing issues in Mindanao, affecting not only NGCP, but the families, individuals and business entities who are experiencing interrupted power supply,” Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said.

In the meantime, the DOE urges the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activities in critical areas.