No blackouts in Cotabato City PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2012 14:49

COTABATO CITY— While power consumers in North Cotabato, Maguindanao and elsewhere in Mindanao have been experiencing excruciatingly long hours of power outages, this city and its immediate environs are spared from the power woes.

Thanks to the standby power plant of the Aboitiz-owned Cotabato Light and Power Company (Colight).

Chrisente Ferolino, Colight vice president and resident manager, said a good contract demand, a standby power plant and the merging of Colight with Davao Light have helped spare this city from power shortage.

Colight covers the whole of Cotabato City as its franchise area and parts of Datu Odin Sinsuat and Sultan Kudarat, both in Maguindanao.

Since power deficiency started in early February due to limited and curtailed power supply from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, power supply in the city remained uninterrupted.

According to Ferolino, the April power demand in its franchise area has dropped from what was expected, making the contracted power supply from the NGCP enough to cover up the power shortage.

He said the power requirements for Cotabato City and its environs is between 21 to 22 megawatts a day.

Ferolino said Colight has received a red notice from NGCP in October last year, informing them of the impending power supply deficiency in 2012.

Throughout Mindanao, all 27 rural electric cooperatives have been receiving curtailed power supply due to the reduction of power generation by Agus and Pulangi hydroelectric plants in Lanao provinces and Bukidnon.

Dohjie Vertouso, Colilght information officer, said when power supply deficiency in Colight arises, the Davao Light can provide additional supply because the Aboitiz-owned power firm distribute excess supply to its members.

In Cotabato City, the peak demand goes 21 megawatts a day but any shortage can be covered up by the Colight’s diesel-fed power plant.

“We do not experience power outages because we have good back-up power plant,” Ferolino said.

He added Colight can provide one-third of the franchise’s demand.

Next month, the Pulangi hydroplant will undergo rehabilitation and repair which would simply means the more power shortage will take place.

Ferolino said there will come a time that the city will also experience rotational brownout because the back-up power is an engine that needs maintenance and repair.