By VG Cabuag - May 18, 2017
DMCI Power Corp., the off-grid energy player, said it has helped avert power outages in Masbate after it installed new spare parts in its power facility.
The company said in partnership with the Masbate Electric Cooperative, it replaced reclosers in the distribution line feeders located in PV Corpuz, Magsaysay, Buenavista and Mobo in the province of Masbate.
A recloser is a circuit breaker that automatically switches off power in a distribution line segment or section during power overload or line faults. It limits the impact of an outage by isolating the faulted section from the rest of the distribution system, effectively curtailing a domino-effect of power-line interruptions.
As a result of the installation, power-supply interruption due to line faults has decreased significantly in the Maselco service area, the company said.
Based on technical reports, around 47 line trippings were contained and isolated in the PV Corpuz feeder segments since March 31, while around 20 line trippings were reported in Magsaysay, Buenavista and Mobo since the installation on April 12 and April 28.
“The improvement of the distribution system will greatly minimize the negative effects of line faults and will ultimately benefit the end-users,” DPC president Nestor Dadivas said.
“We are working together with Maselco in conducting further segment studies to identify other key areas in the distribution lines to improve power- supply reliability in the province,” he said.
DMCI Power has a 15-year power supply agreement with Maselco and is one of the major off-grid power producers in the Philippines.