Castro willing to face raps on power load deal signing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:04

Zamcelco Acting General Manager and Project Supervisor Engineer Jesus Castro yesterday said he is willing to face charges before any court if anyone will question his act of signing the contract for and in behalf of the electric cooperative with Therma-Marine Incorporated (TMI), the sole IPP (Independent Power Producer) that is offering at least 20 megawatts to address the power shortage in the city.

At present, Castro said that such contract is now being evaluated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the result is expected to be out anytime next month.

In an interview with RMN-Zamboanga, Castro clarified that the contract has been signed by him despite opposition from the industrial group, business sector and some members of the City Council.

“I signed the contract because I believe that Zamcelco really needs to buy additional power to augment the present load capacity and to meet the demand of the member consumers to avoid longer period of blackout,” Castro said as he revealed that because of the shortage of power, Zamboanga will sadly experience three to four hours of blackout a day.

At the moment, Zamcelco is experiencing a power load of at least 20 megawatts forcing the power firm to impose rotating blackouts of at least 2 hours a day.

Considering that the industrial factories in the west coast have started their mass production of sardines this month, longer period of rotating blackouts will be experienced by the more than 120,000 member consumers, Castro said.

“I’m not worried to face charges because of my actuation. I’m willing to answer everything for I know that this is the only way to address the power shortage in the city,” Castro said in the radio interview yesterday morning.

At least an additional 90 centavos per kilowatt hour will be charged on member consumers if ERC will finally approve Zamcelco’s application for the purchase of power from TMI.

According to Castro, the contract with TMI is renewable every year from the time it will be approved.

Zamcelco’s contract with TMI was endorsed to ERC for evaluation and possible conduct of public hearing last February this year.
Normally, it takes ERC three months to study and evaluate such application similar to other electric cooperatives in Mindanao that have applied for the purchase of additional power from an IPP. — Jimmy Villaflores