RDC 9 endorses SRPI coal power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 July 2012 14:29

In a resolution during its July 2 meeting, the Regional Development Council of Region 9 has expressed full support to the establishment of a 100-megawatt coal-fired power plant by the San Ramon Power Incorporated (SRPI).

The resolution stated that the power situation in Mindanao, particularly Zamboanga city, remains critical without the required services and baseload capacity, “bringing about power shortages and outages, voltage fluctuations and power quality problems.”

The RDC said that the 100-megawatt is envisioned to solve the power problem in Zamboanga, ensure a steady and dependable supply of energy, reduce the procurement cost of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) and act as a magnet to attract industries and investments to the area.

SRPI is wholly-owned by Alsons Consolidated Resources, a Mindanao-based publicly-listed company with interest in power generation, agriculture, real estate, and the manufacture of construction materials.

The resolution was proposed by lawyer Arsenio Gonzales, Jr. and seconded by labor representative Jose Suan and Director Julia A. Ragandang.

Of late, Zamboanga city has been experiencing one-hour, unannounced sectional blackouts and sporadic power outages even as ZAMCELCO tries to improve its services to the consumers.

More power outages have been predicted during the dry months ahead. — BJ