Mindanao-wide blackout; still no explanation what caused it

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) – Most of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities suffered power outage from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday but as of 4 p.m. no explanation has been made as to what caused it.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in mid-morning media advisory merely said power was restored at 7:50 a.m.

“Loss of power earlier occurred in the Mindanao grid at 1:01AM. All NGCP substations are now operating normally. The grid operator remains in close communication with the local electric cooperatives and distribution utilities which are in the process of normalizing their own systems now. NGCP is still investigating the cause and extent of the incident,” it said.

In a 4 p.m. statement, Bambie Capulong, NGCP spokesperson for Mindanao, said the company was still determining the cause and extent of the power outage.

The Easter Sunday morning blackout came 13 months after the February 27, 2014 island-wide power outage from 3:52 a.m. with the Mindanao Grid fully re-energized by 12:18 noon on the same day.

It took authorities 15 days to explain what caused the power outage. In a press briefing in Manila on March 14, 2014, Rolando Bacani, president and chief executive officer of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) said the blackout was caused by a “confluence of uncommon events.” (MindaNews)