Zamcelco assures of stable power supply amid El Niño PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2016 11:50

by FERDIE RODRIGUEZ

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) has expressed readiness to maintain stable power supply even when Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), further reduces its distribution of hydro-electric power to Zamboanga City in the midst of the El Niño’s adverse effects in Mindanao, OIC-General Manager Edgardo Ancheta said Friday.

“Zamcelco is prepared this time to provide power to our consumers, in case NPC/PSALM cannot supply sufficient electricity to the cooperative,” said Ancheta.

He said that based on Zamcelco’s contracted power supply from its providers, “we still have sufficient supply as Therma Marine Incorporated (TMI) gives us 18 megawatts, Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) also 18, another 5 kilowatts from Therma South Incorporated (TSI-Coal), and the bulk which is Western Mindanao Power Corporation’s (WMPC) 50 megawatts, totaling all to 91 megawatts.”

Ancheta said at present, Zamcelco’s hourly average demand is only 88 megawatts.

“If things materialize too, another 35 megawatts, which is being offered to us at a very cheap price by a newly-erected coal-fired power plant in Davao City, is likely to augment the coop’s power reserve in the future”, said Ancheta.

He however explained that contracting the said 35 megawatts coal power will have to course through bidding procedures, thereby, allowing other independent power producers (IPP), to participate in the competitive selection process (CSP).

“Let us be thankful, that we have an embedded power plant in our city like WMPC, which can easily provide power for us, even when there will be problems in our transmission lines or any deficiency from other outside sources”, the coop’s OIC-GM said. — Ferdie Rodriguez/ZAMCELCO PIO