Mindanao power crisis may worsen next month—Napocor



MANILA, Philippines—State-run National Power Corp. on Monday warned that the continued decrease of the water level at Lake Lanao would force it to limit the power generation from the 700-megawatt Agus power complex starting next month.

This move is expected to further worsen the rotating brownouts being felt in the island, given the prevailing shortfall in power supply. As of Monday, the Mindanao grid posted a power supply deficit of 121 MW.

In a statement, Napocor explained that based on estimates, the water elevation at Lake Lanao is expected to go down to the critical level of 699.15 meters above sea level by May, assuming that there will be no improvements in the inflow of water to the lake.

At this elevation, Napocor is required under its operating protocol to start curtailing its operations, resulting to limited electric power generation from the Agus hydro plants. The power firm is likewise mandated to ensure that the lake’s elevation must not also go below 698.15 masl. Otherwise, Napocor has no choice but to shut down the operations of the Agus hydropower plants altogether,

This is highly critical considering that the Agus power complex, together with the Pulangi power facility, provides 53 percent of the electricity requirements of Mindanao.

“Thus, in order to ensure that Napocor will be able to safely maintain Lake Lanao elevation within reasonable level for the May 13, 2013 elections and ensure sufficient power generation during the election period, Napocor will start conserving Lanao Lake water by strictly supplying power to the extent of its contracted capacity with its customers of 924 MW for the months of April and May 2013,” the government firm explained.

As of now, Napocor assured that it can still supply the electricity requirements under its existing power supply contracts with Mindanao customers, amid concerns regarding the decreasing water levels at Lake Lanao.

Napocor said its power plants and its contracted capacities from independent power producers, can generate 1,071 MW during peak hours, which would be adequate to meet its contractual obligations pegged at 924 MW.

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  • kilabot

    noykapon, the prince of darkness;
    offspring of cory, the queen of darkness;
    he is living up to his title.

    • go88

      nice …

  • Brax82

    Sarap talaga mapaluob sa Tuwid na Daan pag taga Mindanao Ka! Akalain mo minana nya rin ang brownout galing sa ina nya! Ang babait talaga ng mga Aquino, mahal na mahal nila ang mga taga Mindanao! PWE!

    • Lorebea Tamparong

      Ang tawag dito TUWID NA DAANG MADILIM!!!

      • Brax82

        Oo nga! Namumuro na ung abnormal na yan sa nga taga Mindanao!

  • Brax82

    You know that your country is going down the drain when branded terrorists(MNLF) goes to rescue your countrymen in need instead of the Government. And where is mr. President? Campaigning! Good Job!

  • hu_yu

    ganun ba….akala ko worst na itong nararanasan na power crisis sa mindanao….mas lalong wo worst pa pala…..pano na lang ang tuwid na daan kung ganito palagi?

    president noy, hindi pa ba tapos pangangampanya nyo?

    • Lorebea Tamparong

      Tuwid na Daan pa rin…Tuwid na Daang Madilim!!!

      • elKapitan

        tuwad na daan. tumuwad na ang daan?

      • hu_yu

        pag tumuwad na ang daan, ipapasok ko na hahahahahaha

  • zeroko

    Blah blah blah, then sell the government properties. He heh e. Fast break ang ginagawa ni PNoy. Sell sell sell. Fire sale ang properties ng mamamayang Pilipino.

  • go88

    Abnoy ‘thinking’ while mumbling: ‘and with that many brownouts those stupid filipinos in Mindanao will have no choice but to pay whatever my spanish friends the aboitzes ask if they want electricity , nice’.

  • go88




    • Lorebea Tamparong

      Mabuhay ang ABNORMAL nating PRESIDENTE!!!

      • eldon_2011


    • Bordado

      Ayaw kunin ni Satanas si Maceda,Enrile,Erap at GMA. Takot kasi si Satanas na baka mawalan siya ng trabaho sa impiyerno.

      • Brax82

        Tigil mo na noytard template mo brad! Di uubra sa mga taga Mindanao yan. Cno nman nagsabe sayong iboboto nila ang mga nasa UNA? or LP for that matter? Wag masyado makitid utak, nahahalatang uto uto ka eh.

  • jolly_baby

    Every year na lang tuwing voting month…

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Kung alam ko lang noon na ganito pala ang “TUWID NA DAAN” abay mas pipiliin ko pang tahakin ang “BALUKTOT NA DAAN”

  • KarmaGMA

    why not blame it on ramos, erap & gma? this problem is not new folks…don’t be so naive.
    although our current president should address this problem asap as to not worsen the situation in mindanao.

    • http://www.facebook.com/enrick.obena Enrick Obeña

      Meron ng feasibility study ang AGUS V na may 300 watts power capcity ang Bukidnon Electric na gagamitin ang Pulangi river. Meron ng open discussions sa Bukidnon at North Cotabato.Ang Dam ay located in Roxas North Cotabato but very near sa Carmen North Cotabato,NAPOCOR ay naghanap na ng land area sa Carmen for the power sub-station, pero hindi natuloy. Siguro kailangan tingnan ulit ito para ma solve na itong power problem sa Mindanao.

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Tingnan lang natin PNOY kung hindi mangungulilat sa halalan yang mga ini-endorso mo dito sa Mindanao!!! Isa lang ito sa mga paraan para ipakita namin sa iyo ang pagkadismaya namin…NO TO TEAM PNOY!!!

    • Bordado

      Ha! imo boto-an si Maceda dong?



    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Sino iboto mo si Nancy Binay? si Jack Enrile?

  • regd

    Here comes the PNoy haters!

    • Brax82

      Would you rather want the people in Mindanao to love him for his incompetence like you do?

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Boss ni Pnoy ang mga aboitiz

  • RyanE

    The officials of Napocor should be fired for incompetence and corruption. Several of the generators in the Agus river grid is not operating due to lack of maintenance because the budget was already pocketed by the corrupt officials. The past months, it’s always raining in Mindanao but still long brownouts were being experienced left and right by the poor residence.
    A decade ago, lots of huge power-consuming plants were operating such as National Steel Corporation, other big electric-arc furnaces and cement plants but then power was still sufficient. Now, most of those plants were out of business and power should be in excess but sadly the opposite is true.

    • manuelcdiaz

      Napocor hydroelectric generators in the Agus complex is more than 50years old. NAPOCOR is noted for lousy maintenance so Mindanao will be back to the dark ages.Just look at the Iligan and the Hasa-an diesel electric generators both are rated at 100mw all are in junk condition.As I said even gold will turn into useless rocks once the Philippine government touches it.

      • tadasolo

        Government agencies when headed by political appointments are recipe for failure. Tell me a government agency that works and makes money. Power generation and distribution should be privatized in the Philippines and heavily regulated as they are by nature monopolistic. All political leaders and all citizens should make this privatize companies accountable for availability, reliability and affordability in return for guaranteed profit and monopoly.the function of government is to facilitate and support through legislation and regulation the reliability, availability and affordability of power. This is not only an economic but national security issue. The reason we have a power crisis all the time is the failure in political and business leadership.

    • Yxon

      and they have one of the highest paid government employees in the country. maybe even higher than their private counterparts

  • guest

    The government should do something. How can the Philippines attract business and provide jobs if there is no electricity. Noynoy is lucky because there are lots of OFWs in Mindanao. If not there will be more insurgency there, with the NPA gaining more followers. But with what is happening now in Sabah, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, these OFWs might return and the government will have a big problem in its hand.

  • rombrown

    PNoy: Blame it to GMA, LOL!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

      Sad but true, since 2009 pa ang problem naga exist, pero prior to that the administration did not do something. Other sad story matagal kac matapos ang mga power plants na ginagawa, 2015 pa to be exact. 3 power plants ang currently ginagawa under current administration, yes the planning I think started during previous administration but was not a priority unlike now.

      • tadasolo

        Can you build a power plant in three years assuming the day this president had a plan on day one of his presidency? I have spent 30 years maintaining and building power plants and it takes 6 to 10 years to plan, construct and commission a power plant on the assumption you have the environmental permit to construct and funding.

        The problem with Mindanao is the local governments and electric cooperatives and congress representatives where given a chance to connect to the Visayan and Luzon grid but did not want to share their cheap hydro power and prevented the construction of coal fired power plant due to opposition of the church and environmentalist.they knew the problem and did nothing

        Remember the Bataan Nuclear power plant with vociferous opposition of the nuns and bishops and Cory did not want to antagonize her base of support and abandoned the project.

        The Secretary of Education is correct in providing a stop gap measure although expensive until the new power units come on line in two years

  • leomar101

    Mga taga Mindanao, magkaisa po kayo. Ilaglag ang Team Patay sa darating na election. This is the only way to show your displeasure and disappointment sa present administrasyon. Huwag po ninyong iboto ang mga hunghang na yan. Dahil kung manalo pa sila at mga LP cohorts, ay siguradong tuluyan ng magdusa ang mga taga Mindanao sa mahal ng kuryente. Nakita na po ninyo ang tatlong taon na pagpabaya ni mongol sa inyo.Wala siyang solution sa problema ng kuryente diyan sa halip ay magbayad kayo ng napaka mahal dahil sa mga generator ni Aboitiz na kanyang kaibigan. Kulang pa ba ang 3 taon na pagpabaya ni aquino sa inyo? Kaya ngayong election ay gamitin po ninyo ang inyong karapatan na pumili ng mga senador na may pagtingin sa inyong mga taga Mindanao. Nakilala na po ninyo kung anong klaseng lider si aquino, kung paano kayo pinabayaan at pinarusahan ng tig 8 oras na brownout at mahal na singil ng inyong kuryente. Tama na palitan na ang isang incompetent na lider. Nasa inyo po ang kinabukasan at kaunlaran ng buong ng Mindanao kung hindi ninyo iboto ang mga Team Patay.

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Ilaglag ang team patay? at sino naman ipapalit team ni Binay? WAG NA UY ! Kaya nga wag na lang bumoto..puro walang kwenta mga kandidato sa bansang ito.

      • leomar101

        Pre, bomoto ka. It’s your right tsaka kung hindi mo gagamitin ang iyong pangalan na naka registered ay iba ang gagamit niyan. Mas mabuti pa na gamitin mo ang iyong karapatan at gawin mong sandata para maglagay ng karapatdapat na mga halal na opisyal. Anybody kahit sino huwag lang ang mga ungas na LP na yan. Dahil kung iboto mo sila, ay para na ring sang-ayon ka sa pamamalad ni aquino at matutuwa ang mongol samantalang kayo po diyan sa Mindanao ay dumadaing sa 8 ora na brownout at mataas na bayaran sa kuryente. Iboto mo ang mga independent candidates kung yon ang gusto mo pero bomoto ka. Sayang ang boto mo iba ang makinabang at gagamit.

      • Cool LahgotzMO

        Pre.. never pa akong naka register sa Pinas. Half of my life were spent abroad, so di pa talaga ako nakaboto dito. Siguro naman di nila gagamitin name ko para bomoto ano po?

      • leomar101

        Aah ganoon ba. Pero nagbabakasyon ka sa atin. Masarap din naman umuwi at mamamasyal sa ibat ibang magagandang beach. hehehe.

  • aldhins

    70’s pa laganap na mga illegal logging sa mga kabundokan na naka paligid sa Lake Lanao ngayon kalbo na dina napapalitan mga puno na pinupotol nila pag walang gawin ang govt. para sa reforestation sa mga kagubatan baka toloyan ng lumala ang problema sa mindanao.

  • Alienated Gatan

    Spare Davao Please. walang brownout dito. :)

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Bakit nga ba walang brown out dyan? Di ba iisa ang source of electricity natin? Di kaya kasi aboitiz ang me ari ng davao lights? at saka mas maraming consumador dyan sa inyo lalo na ang mga malalaking malls . Sayang naman at mabawasan ang singil nila sa kuryente kung magpa brown out sila dyan. Di po ba?

  • wawa2172

    “Let there be light…err brownout pala”. Without the power rate increase Mindanao must suffer. The government neglect on power generation is now felt by every resident in this island of promise. Nakataga na siguro sa bato ang di pag bibigay tuon nang gobyerno sa Mindanao and the power woes puts an exclamation mark on the issue. While the crises could have been averted by careful planning dito wala ang PNoy administration. Sa halip na patuonan ni PNoy ang problema, mas may oras pa siya sa kampanya para sa mga manok niya sa Team PNoy. As if saying, Mindanao vote for my candidate else blackout na ang mag yayari sa inyo.

  • wawa2172

    Walang solusyun si Noy sa Mindanao power shortage. Like mother, like son. Brownout was at the worst during the time of Cory as president, now we are experiencing the same form Noy.

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Eh paano kasi malakas ang mga aboitiz sa Malacanang kaya panay brown out ang Mindanao.

  • p00rd0y

    yung NPC Bukidnon balak gawing Private kasi daw magastos emaintain, pero nung nagkainteres ang dalawang Bukidnon cooperative biglang inayos ang sirang turbina… Magkano kaya share ng mga NoyAdmin para isulong na iprivatize ang NPC-Bukdnon?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.faderon Jose Vicente A. Faderon

    And nobody seems to take this problem seriously…WTF!!!

  • Jack Bw

    Of course it will worsen. It’s summer.
    Just their way of saying: “Expect more brownouts”.

  • leomar101

    Is this a bad omen for the coming May election? That there will be a total brownout/black out during the counting and transmission of election results? hahahaha. then ang Team Patay ay talagang 12-0 diyan po sa inyo na taga Mindanao. Panalo sila sa tulong ng counting maschine at sa tulong ng brown out. Mabuhay po kayo diyan na taga Mindanao na matapang at walang takot na palitan ang inutil na namamahala sa ating gobyerno. Pati Napocor ay kakutsaba sa mongol na ito upang lokohin kayo. Mindanao people desrved a better service from this government and not neglect with expensive power rate from the aquino government.

  • dodong1

    puro problema walang solusyon..nakakasawa na talaga…walang sense of urgency ang pamahalaan dahil hindi naman sila naghihirap kagaya ng mga kababayan nating sa na Mindanao..

  • carlorocci

    We can’t sustain the so called economic growth we are experiencing right now, if this kind of problem in Mindanao will continue to exist……Ano ba naman kayo? Pagkatagal-tagal na ang ganitong problema sa Mindanao hindi pa rin masolusyonan….Mga inutil….

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    Pautot lang yang power crisis sa Mindanao, Election kasi. Dagdag bawas na naman yan. Pagkatapos ng election balik na yan sa Normal. Susme kabalok.

  • ovalboy

    NAKU PUH !!! nag press release na naman si Miss Amy Remo galing sa kanyang client na Aboitiz at Alcantara. TIYAK,,, TIYAK… KATAKUT-TAKUT NA BROWN OUT NA NAMAN ITO dito sa Gen. Santos City !


    sinong may kasalanan? syempre, serbisyo publiko ng gobyerno. botohan na. walang dapat iboto sa LP at UNA. mga beterano lahat yan sa serbisyo publikong sablay.

  • virgoyap

    Is this the role of the Napocor just to watch Lake Lanao goes down without doing anything so that this massive brownouts in Mindanao be prevented? This has been happening for many decades already and year after year they just repeat that same old story. Blah, blah, blah!!!

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    Mula nang nagkaisip ako laganap na ang brown out sa Mindanao (That was 30 yrs ago),
    21st century na brown out pa rin ! Pambihirang bansa to, kahit sino
    nakaupo KURAKOT.

  • Yxon

    one sure cause of the low water level is the destruction of the watershed despite of repeated refo of the area

  • ovalboy

    FYI… Miss Amy Remo… umuulan na dito ngayon sa MIndanao (April 09, 2013). Baka naman maglalabas ka na naman ng press release courtesy of your benefactor, the Aboitiz and Alcatara na may long dry spell this season. Sa weather bureau within Lanao and Bukidnon Area ka mangalap ng impormasyon. Please do not rely on these companies own “Mang Tanny” about the weather. Their “Mang Tanny” is no less than Satanas himself.

    • Frances Deniel


  • Frances Deniel

    This is just a ploy to force the people of Mindanao not to oppose any Coal fired power plant and Open pit mining to be built.

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