Zamcelco project supervisor endorses coal-fired power plant PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2011 16:49

The establishment of a coal-fired power plant by Conal  Holdings at the Zamboanga Ecozone is a welcome development to Zamboanga City and additional energy source for the local consumers, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Manager Jesus Castro said.

Castro stressed that Mindanao needs 900 megawatts of electricity to meet the total demand and this cannot be maintained by the hydro-electric source  at the Maria Chistina Falls.

Agus Grid in Maria Cristina and Pulangi only produce 700 megawatts for the whole Mindanao.There is need to  add more electicity source  so that more investors will come in Mindanao, Castro explained.
“The establishment of the coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City, will benefit the people,” Castro said.

The government encourages local government units to conduct their own power feasibility study on how to develop their resources for energy.

The move of Mayor Evelyn T. Uy of  Dipolog City who is also the chairperson of the Regional Development Council-9 to conduct study on how to tap the two big rivers of Dipolog City and Dapitan City to produce hydro electric is also a great endeavor for the good of the people,Castro said.

He said that most areas in Luzon use coal-fired power plants like in Pagbilao, Quezon province and in Central Luzon. Also using coal-fired power plant for electric source is Toledo City in Cebu. — Allen Abastillas