By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The power situation in Mabinay town is expected to normalize by second week of August.
Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) General Manager Jose Juvileo Acabal disclosed this in an interview with reporters after the Kapihan sa PIA in Manjuyod yesterday.
Acabal said that currently, the power situation in Mabinay is unstable after the transformer in their substation broke down.
Originally, the municipality is connected to Mabinay-Bayawan NGCP (National Grid Corporation) transmission line but because of the problem in the said sub-station, the town is sourcing electricity from the electric cooperative’s sub-station in Bindoy town at present.
He noted that right now, Mabinay is prone to outages and power service interruptions.
The NORECO-I official also shared that they have been receiving complaints mostly from business establishments whose operations were hampered by the ongoing power situation.
Acabal added that the electric cooperative continues to reach out to businessmen in the area to explain to them the reason behind this problem.
The electric cooperative already met with its contractor who gave a commitment to repair the damaged transformer within one month.
“Based on their initial report, the damage is on the outer (part of the transformer), so maybe the damage is not big and the time table they gave us is one month,” he said.
Acabal added that repair operations have started yesterday.
He also informed Mabinay Mayor Ernie Uy about this development in a forum there last week.
On the other hand, Acabal also shared that there are plans to buy a new transformer for their Mabinay sub-station since the damaged transformer is too old and “due for retirement.”
He said the electric cooperative is looking for funds to purchase another transformer. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article is originally published at PIA website on July 14, 2016)