Blackout here to stay until end of month? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:43

By VIC LARATO

Zamboanga City will continue to experience the 6-hour rotational blackout every day until end of this month or early 2016 as the city’s power deficiency was pegged at 24 megawatts.

City Investments and Promotions Officer Angelique Go told the press briefing Monday that Zamboanga’s power demand is 90 mw but only 66 mw is currently supplied, thus a shortage of 24mw, which is equivalent to 6-hr power interruption.

She PSALM, the cheapest being hydro mix, was supposed to supply the city with 48mw but only 30mw-32mw is given due to low water level.

The PMI of Aboitiz has contracted for 18mw but only 13mw is being supplied because one of its units is under maintenance shutdown, while MPC of Alson is supplying 15mw only of the 18mw it had contracted, and no reason was given.

To remedy the situation, Go said the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) had availed of eight generator sets at 2mw each for a total of 16mg from the Mindanao Modular Genset Program of the Department of Energy.

The gensets have already arrived in the city but remained idle yet as Zamcelco was still putting up the foundations on which to mount the generators.

She said by 2016 Zamboanga City will have 11mw of power excess, given the energy from the existing suppliers—30mw from PSALM, 18mw from TMI, 18mw from MPC, 5mw from TSI, and 50wm from WMPC—totaling 106mw against the projected demand of 95mw.— Vic Larato