Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Transformer blast cuts power in parts of NCR and Rizal

Parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province suffered a power outage late Wednesday evening after an explosion shut down a power transformer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Dolores, Taytay, Rizal province.

Manila Electric Company’s (Meralco) Dina Lomotan told radio dzBB that as a result, power to nine Meralco substations have been cut, affecting the cities of Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, and parts of Quezon City in Metro Manila, including Meralco Center, and the towns of Binangonan, Taytay, Angono, Cainta and Antipolo in Rizal province.

Lomotan did not say how long the outage will last, but assured that they are working double-time to restore power the soonest time. (As of 10:00 pm, power has reportedly been restored in some affected service areas.)

A Taytay police officer interviewed over radio dzBB as of posting said that firefighters are still battling a fire caused by the explosion, which occurred about 8:45 p.m.

Faye de Jesus of the NGCP confirmed that their transformer in Dolores encountered a "technical problem," but declined to confirm if it was caused by an explosion.

De Jesus explained that the NGCP is still assessing the cause of the power outage.

Meralco’s Lomotan expressed fears that if the NGCP fails to solve the problem immediately, Metro Manila would have to endure a series of “rotating brownouts."

“I don't how long they will be able to fix that. The worst-case scenario is (that we might have a rotation of) brownouts. Pero sisikapin namin kung saan tayo pwedeng mag-ipon, pagsisikapan namin (But we will try to supply in places where we can)," Lomotan said.

The power outage comes at a time when Marikina, Pasig and adjacent towns have been suffering power blackouts and spotty restoration in the past two weeks due to persistent floods left by storm “Ondoy." – Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

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