Zamcelco sees normal power supply in May PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:09

By VIC LARATO

An official of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) made a projection yesterday that the city’s power supply will be back to normal, meaning no more outages, by May once the modular generator sets packed with 16 megawatts will be operational and put into the system.

Engr. Santiago Acuña, officer-in-charge of Zamcelco, told the media briefing in City Hall that the gensets have already passed the technical testing but there are requirements to be complied yet before they can be used.

He said the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) requires synchronizing the modular gensets with the grid, meaning there will be power sharing between NGCP and other independent power producers like PSALM, for instance.

“We are just waiting for NCGP to give us the go signal to link the gensets with them, hopefully in May or before the May 9 elections,” Acuña said.

He explained the synchronization is necessary so that there will be coordination of protecting the device.

In the meantime, Zamboanga City has to contend with the 7-mw power deficiency resulting in a 1-hr outage per feeder every day.

The deficit is due to the fact that San Miguel is only giving half or 13.43mw of the 30mw that Zamcelco has contracted from the firm, and that is being added up to the 27mw from PSALM, 17mw from Mapalad and 41mw from WMPC—but still not enough and short of 7mw to meet the city’s power demand.

However, Acuña said Zamcelco’s contract with PSALM is due to expire in April, but this early arrangement is being made to extend it for another six months.

The solution to the 7mw deficit or 1-hr blackout daily lies on the use of the modular gensets in May, he reiterated.— Vic Larato