Pulangi 4 repair completed; Zambo brownouts lessened PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2012 13:28

The rehabilitation of the Pulangi 4 hydroelectric power plant in Bukidnon has finally been completed, and was initialing supplying 200 megawatts of its 255-MW installed capacity to the entire Mindanao grid as of yesterday.

The good news was announced no less by Energy Undersecretary Josefina Asirit during a dialogue initiated yesterday afternoon by Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall in a bid to address the many problems arising from the power crisis that hit Mindanao since January.

Asirit, a lawyer, said the rehabilitation, which cost the state-run National Power Corp. P11 million, was completed days ahead of the original target date of May 17.

“You are better off now with Pulangi plant plus the onset on the rainy season. That’s why you no longer experience rotational blackouts starting today,” Atty.
Asirit told the power stakeholders attending the dialogue at City Hall conference room.

Minutes later, however, there was blackout. But power supply returned barely 30 minutes after.

Jesus Castro, project supervisor of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamceclo), explained that the re-operation of Pulangi hydro-plant significantly reduces the duration of the brownouts in the city from 8-9 hours daily last month to probably 1 hr, and if the city’s energy demand stabilizes with the 18MW contracted power from the Therma Marine, Inc. , he projected with confidence that starting next month of June and onwards there will be no more rotational brownout in Zamboanga.

Lobregat said the dialogue was an offshoot of a series of meetings here and the energy summit in Davao last April 13 in the hope of finding short, medium and long-term solutions to the energy situations not only in Mindanao but also in Zamboanga City. — Vic Larato