Alsons clarifies power allocation for Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 May 2013 14:29

The Alcantara Group of Companies (Alsons) yesterday issued a clarification on the power allocation for Zamboanga city through its Mapalad Power Corporation as contracted by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco).

Engr. Archie Donato, plant manager of the San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI), said the 18 megawatts contracted by Zamcelco will be delivered on a staggered basis. From May 12-Aug. 31, two megawatts will be fed to the grid. From Sept. 1-14, another four megawatts will be made available. The next allocation will be from Sept. 15-28 for six megawatts, and the last feed will be on Sept. 29 for another six megawatts to make 18 megawatts in all.

Donato said the earliest time the two megawatts could be provided was supposed to have been yesterday, but that depended on the time table Mapalad Power Plant can finish rehabilitating its diesel plant in Iligan city.

With the 18 megawatts fully delivered by the end of September, Zamboanga will still need around 30 megawatts from other power providers to end the blackouts that have drastically crippled business.

The business sector said that even with the 18 megawatts coming from Mapalad, blackouts will still prevail as the demand for electricity inches higher each month because of new businesses.

Based on last month’s computation, the basic Zamcelco rate is now around 7.72 pesos per kilowatt hour. This may go higher with the entry of other power providers. Zamcelco is trying to contract additional sources of power with some private companies. When that happens, such will have to go through the process of a public hearing by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

In the case of the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) inked between Zamcelco and Mapalad Power Corporation and San Ramon Power, Inc., the ERC hearing will be held in this city on May 14 and 15, respectively.

Meanwhile, as part of Alsons’ best effort to deliver power to Zamboanga, Donato informed DTZ late yesterday that Mapalad Power Corporation put on line 10 megawatts starting at 10 am yesterday. This means that power outages will be reduced and rotating blackouts minimized. — Bob Jaldon