NGCP looks into sudden power outage in Zamboanga Peninsula
admin • May 4, 2017 • 3748
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The entire Zamboanga Peninsula and nearby areas lost electricity for almost an hour Thursday morning.
Misamis Oriental and Lanao were among the areas affected by the power interruption.
Electricity in the affected areas was restored at nine in the morning, but remained unstable.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) explained that an outage occurred in the line of Agus 5-Aurora and Baloi-Aurora.
However, the cause of the incident remains unclear.
Meanwhile, the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) assures that it has a 16 megawatt gensets on standby that can be used in case of another power outage.
“The cause is yet to be forwarded to us so we are waiting for the cause which has started at 8:43 a.m. and they restored delivery of power at 9:27 a.m,” ZAMCELCO manager Engr. Edgardo Ancheta said. – UNTV News & Rescue
Argentine President Mauricio Macri called the massive blackout that left tens of millions in South America without power on Sunday (June 15) “unprecedented,” and promised a thorough investigation.
Argentina’s grid “collapsed” around 7 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina’s Energy Secretariat said.
The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF’s La Plata refinery, Argentina’s largest.
Macri said the blackout had been prompted by a failure in the country’s coastal grid but said that officials still did not know what had caused the problem.
Half of Argentina had power by mid-afternoon, Macri said.
Energy distributors in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, whose populations total nearly 55 million, said power was being quickly restored to major cities and heavily populated coastal regions, including Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
The blackout comes amid a deepening economic crisis in Argentina that has left nearly a third of the country in poverty, pushed interest rates skyward and sent the peso tumbling against the dollar, prompting mass protests throughout the country.
The massive blackout on Father’s Day left Buenos Aires dark early this morning, hobbling public transportation, cutting off water supply and crippling phone and internet communications across the city. (REUTERS)
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement, also called on other government agencies “to continue exercising vigilance and hinder the entry of such shipments of garbage into our territorial jurisdiction at the first instance.”
The said mixed plastic waste that was discovered in Misamis Oriental had been declared as “assorted electronic accessories”.
The Palace also acknowledged BOC’s action to export the shipment back to its port of origin. It also reiterated its “firm position of the Republic of the Philippines that it will not allow its territory to be treated as a dumping ground for trash by any foreign country or entity,” the statement reads.
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