Celso intervenes to solve Zambo City power crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 April 2015 13:51

District 1 Representative Celso L. Lobregat has reassured the public of immediate resolution of the present worsening power crisis Zamboanga City.

This after Lobregat asked from all power providers in Mindanao who are under contract with Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to exhaust all efforts and look for remedies to resolve the soonest possible time the 6 to 8 hours daily brownouts which are being experienced by the entire city.

Zamcelco General Manager Engr. George Ledesma admitted to  Lobregat that they are helpless in assuring the public of providing due services as required because of its power deficit of some 24 Megawatts from the required daily peak hour power requirement of 90MW a day.

It is for this reason that Lobregat invited the chief executives of all power providers like PSALM, TMI, ALSON POWER, MPC, NGCP, TRANSCO,TSI, and the Board of Directors of Zamcelco to collaborate their efforts in looking for the “cure” to the power shortage in this city.

“All of us are aware of the problem Zamboanga City is facing now, I am appealing to all of you to join me in looking for the steadfast and urgent actions to resolve this power crisis now. I am not consulting you, but asking you to help us on this,” Lobregat stressed.

The solon reiterated that his consultation is not to be informed of the situation, but to determine from all the above-mentioned power companies, be in government and private sector, to look for alternatives in the days to come.

“We can’t afford to wait for another three to four months before we find solutions to this problem. We have to act now, my representations and your collaboration can make a difference if you will commit your efforts too,” Lobregat said.

At present, PSALM is providing some 40-50MW to Zamcelco, 18MW from PMI/Mapalad Power Plant, and 18MW from MPC, but still we have a power deficit of 24MW daily.

Under the newly-entered contract with TSI from Aboitiz Power, another 5MW have been augmented recently, but still, the electric coop continue to experience ad equivalent of four to six hours power interruption with the remaining deficit of some 19MW per day.

Pending the committed support of two 12MW modular generator sets from Alsons Group of Companies and the assured arrival of another eight of 2MW modular generators from the Department of Energy (DOE) which is expected to arrived by June and be installed on July depending on the timetable given by the Energy Regulations Commission (ERC) and National Electrification Administration (NEA).

Lobregat told the power companies that being in the tail end of the Mindanao power grid, they should not consider Zamboanga City the least priority from among other cities and provinces to whom they are serving.

“Zamcelco is updated in paying its financial responsibilities, together with the local officials here, we are committed to help them settle their obligations to you, but you should not take us for granted, deliver to us what is due,” Lobregat said.

The solon told the power companies and Zamcelco Board of Directors and management that he will be in Manila today to directly deal with the DOE,NEA and NGCP to be fair and just in dealing with the power crisis which is crippling the local economy of Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, Vice-Mayor Cesar Itturalde appreciated the consultation made by Lobregat in dealing the said crisis squarely.

“I salute Congressman Lobregat for his immediate action.  This is what we need, actions and solution to the problem and not just consultations. We can’t afford to continue in suffering 6-8 hours of black out daily,” Itturalde said.

The members of Zamcelco Board led by President Omar Sahi, Al Hajj also lauded the efforts of Lobregat in ensuring commitment from the IPPs and other power providers to be certain with the provisions of their contracts and go an extra mile to resolve the worsening power situation of Zamboanga City.