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By CONG CORRALES
 
A BRAND new transformer dedicated for the power needs of Cagayan de Oro and its neighboring areas has been installed last Sunday, the head for Mindanao operations and maintenance of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) announced yesterday.
Engr. Emmanuel Abellanosa said NGCP put on stream a 100 MVA transformer last Sunday which would cover the projected load growth of the area for the next five to seven years.

The power interruptions experienced in some parts of the city early morning yesterday can be attributed to NGCP’s continuing test runs of the new equipment, he said.

“We experienced power interruptions this morning (yesterday) because of the switching. You may call this ‘birth pangs.’ I call on everybody to be patient as it will take as at least a week to stabilize the power transmis-sion of the new transformer,” said Abellanosa.

He said the transformer is a big investment of NGCP—it costs P100 million. He said it would show NGCP’s resolve to complement the dynamic growth of the city. The NGCP is a private corporation responsible for the operation, maintenance and centralized planning of the nationwide power transmis-sion system. It is covered under RA 9136 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (Epira) which has effectively privatized the power industry in the country.

Abellonosa however explained that all transmission assets of National Trans-mission Corp. (Transco) still remain government-owned.

“At the end of the conces-sion period (25 years) all expansion projects will be reverted back to national government,” he said.

Abellanosa also said that as far as power transmission is concerned people in Mindanao can be assured the NGCP would deliver.

“Although, it can’t be denied that generation issues will still have to be resolved. But we may be better off here in Cagayan de Oro because there is the Minergy and Steag to generate additional load should there be a shortage,” he said.

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