DOE Undersecretary guarantees no brownout from Malampaya shutdown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Energy will issue advisories and ensure sufficient power supply during the Malampaya Natural Gas Field's scheduled 20-day maintenance shutdown, the energy spokesperson said Thursday.

"As far as our numbers right now are concerned, yes, there is enough [power]," Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella told The Source.

"But we have to be sure, so we also ask the demand side and the renewable energy side to be prepared," he added.

Under the demand side are those under Meralco's interruptible load program, where establishments volunteer to cut off power and run on generators. Among them are Ayala, Robinson's, and SM malls.

Fuentebella said DOE has also tasked the Oil Industry Management Bureau to ensure sufficient power supply.

The Malampaya Natural Gas Field is scheduled to undergo maintenance from January 28 to February 18, 2017.

In the temporary absence of natural gas resources, energy will shift to diesel, resulting in higher electricity fees. The fees are expected to be reflected in the March billing.

Related: Save power, expect increase in electricity rates during Malampaya shutdown – Energy Department

Fuentebella previously appealed to the public to save power as well.