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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:01

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BY BOB JALDON

Los Angeles, CA. — Damas y caballeros. I got this update from Engr. Ben Conti on the power situation in Mindanao, particularly Davao and Zamboanga. I’m passing on to you some of the relevant portions of the bulletin so you may better understand the worrisome power situation in Mindanao ahead of the political campaign and elections.

“Davao Light and Power Co., an electricity distributor of Aboitiz Power Corp., is contracting 112 megawatts from two generating companies to make up for the more than 60% drop in its allocation from the Mindanao grid.

“The company, the biggest buyer from the grid with a contracted supply of 279 MW, is negotiating to secure 32 MW from Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) and 80 MW from SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. (SMC Global).

“The new supply, according to Rossano C. Luga, Davao Light vice president for reputation enhancement, will be particularly crucial during the summer months (March-May) when average daily demand is expected to reach 370 MW from the current 340 MW.

“Davao Light is implementing this week a two-three hour daily rotational brownout in its franchise areas of Davao City and parts of Davao deal Norte...

“Mindanao has been experiencing tight supply due to the decreased water levels resulting from El Niño at the Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants, the southern island’s two main power sources, as well as the attacks (bombings) on the transmission system.

“Further, the second 150 MW unit of the newly-inaugurated coal-fired plant of Therma South Inc.(TSI), also an Aboitiz subsidiary, went into corrective maintenance shutdown... The unit, which is being synchronized with the grid, is scheduled to start commercial operation on Feb. 2 (fiesta Sta. Maria. Hello, Ben).

“Davao Light will get 100 MW from TSI’s second unit. As of yesterday (Jan. 31), the Mindanao grid was 86 MW short of the peak demand of 1,335 MW based on the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ outlook as posted in its website.

“The SPPC of the Alcantara Power Group is an independent power producer (IPP) that set up a 55 MW diesel-fired plant in Alabel, Sarangani in 1998. The facility will be turned over by the government back to SPPC in April, this year.

“Davao Light is currently sourcing 146 MW of its supply from the Western Mindanao Power Corp. (WMPC), another Alcantara-owned firm, and Aboitiz companies Therma Marine Inc. and Hedcor, Inc.

“It has also been running its 40 MW standby diesel-fed plant and implementing the interruptible load program (ILP) with the commercial and industrial consumers.”

PRESENTAMENTE, QUITA EL TIENE BASTANTE ELECTRICIDAD.

See what happens when Zamcelco focuses on its mandate to light up every household and establishment? The directors have fully addressed Zamboanga’s power woes to better, if not perfect, our power situation.

By next week, or before the end of February, the Terms of Reference for the engagement of an independent management contractor will be bidded out by Zamcelco. Of late, there are three big companies in Manila that have expressed interest in the project. The enhancement program in Zamcelco promises to fix its fiscal setbacks and reduce its system loss.