November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

DMCI upgrades Masbate facility

CONSUNJI-LED DMCI Power Corp. has installed a “recloser” or a circuit breaker in a facility in Masbate province that will help avert power outages on the off-grid island in the Bicol region, its parent firm said.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, DMCI Holdings, Inc. said its unit, in partnership with the Masbate Electric Cooperative (Maselco), replaced reclosers in the distribution line feeders in PV Corpuz, Magsaysay, Buenavista and Mobo.

“The improvement of the distribution system will greatly minimize the negative effects of line faults and will ultimately benefit the end-users,” said DMCI Power President Nestor D. Dadivas in a statement.

He said the company is working with Maselco “in conducting further segment studies to identify other key areas in the distribution lines to improve the power supply reliability in the province.”

DMCI Power has a 15-year power supply agreement with Maselco and is one of the major off-grid power producers in the Philippines.

For now, the installation resulted in a significant decrease in power supply interruptions in Maselco’s service area, the company said.

The recloser is a circuit breaker that automatically switches off power in a distribution line segment or section during power overload or line faults.

A recloser limits the impact of an outage by isolating the faulted section from the rest of the distribution system. That function curtails a domino-effect of power line interruptions.

DMCI Holdings said based on technical reports, about 47 line trippings were contained and isolated in the PV Corpuz feeder segments since March 31. In Magsaysay, Buenavista and Mobo, around 20 line trippings were reported since the installation last April 12 and 28. -- Victor V. Saulon