Snake blamed for WV-wide blackout on Friday

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the country’s grid operator, blamed a snake for the Western Visayas-wide power outage Friday morning, Jan.4.

The unscheduled power interruption occurred in Iloilo and other areas in the region at around 12:09 a.m.

According to Michelle Vicera, NGCP-6 corporate communications and public affairs officer, the region-wide blackout was caused by the snake, which “intruded” into their substation in the town of Dingle, Iloilo.

Photo from NGCP’s Facebook page

The snake intrusion, Vicera said, resulted in the emergency shutdown of the Dingle – Barotac Viejo 138-kV power transmission lines 1 and 2.

The shutdown affected the power plants that supply electricity to Panay Electric Company (PECO), Iloilo Electric Cooperatives (ILECO) I, II and III,  Guimaras Electric Cooperative (GUIMELCO), Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO), and Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO).

Power supplier Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC), a subsidiary of Global Business Power (GBP), said their two power plants automatically shut down when they detected “a fault along [the transmission line] in Dingle.”

“Our unit 3 is on preventive maintenance.”

PEDC’s three coal-fired power plants are located in Barangay Ingore, La Paz district, Iloilo City.

Power was fully restored in the region at around 8:07 a.m. IMT

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