NegOr grapples with power shortage due to overloading

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Negros Oriental residents are grappling with power shortages as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) implements Manual Load Dropping (MLD) in certain areas.

The overloaded Amlan-Siaton 69kV line, the province’s current source of electricity, reached a critical point, leading to load shedding in Pulantubig, Bagacay, Dauin, and Siaton Substations yesterday, May 9, according to a statement from NGCP.

The NGCP said that its ongoing Amlan-Dumaguete 138kV Line, a critical energy project tagged as Energy Project of National Significance (EPNS), is designed to alleviate the strain on the existing infrastructure and provide a more stable power supply. Unfortunately, the completion of this project has been delayed due to unforeseen obstacles, the transmission provider said in a statement.

“NGCP is eager to complete this project and is working closely with the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and NORECO II to resolve the roadblocks on the ground which hinder the completion of the said line,” it said in a statement.

It added that until the Amlan-Dumaguete 138kV Line is operational, residents may have to endure further rotational power interruptions. NGCP is urging everyone to practice conservation by using electricity judiciously during this challenging time.

Once these roadblocks are cleared with the help of all stakeholders, NGCP shall expedite the completion of the said project, the transmission provider assured residents.

NGCP is appealing to local government officials for their unwavering support in streamlining the permitting process and eliminating any remaining hurdles so that the project can be completed soonest..

In the meantime, NGCP asked everyone to exercise prudence in using electricity.

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