Mapalad ready to deliver 10 MWs to Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:45

The Alcantara Group- controlled Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) which operates the 98 Mega Watt (98 MW) Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP) is ready to deliver at least 10 Mega Watts (MW) of power as of May 6 , 2013, in time to provide some relief to the power-starved island of Mindanao before the May 13, 2013 elections.

MPC began rehabilitation work on the 20-year old diesel plant on March 11, 2013. The plant began operating on a ramp up basis on April 2013 with the objective of reaching full 98 MW capacity by September of 2013. The Alcantara Group is spending P 1.2 billion for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and other expenses for the re-operation of the MPC plant.

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) has signed a power sales agreement (PSA) with MPC for 18 MW. The PSA is subject to the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). On April 27, 2013, in response to a request by Zamcelco and Mayor Celso Lobregat, the ERC has allowed Zamcelco to draw power from MPC prior to approval of the PSA.

MPC has already signed off almost 90% of its full capacity via PSAs with the following distribution utilities aside from Zamcelco: South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) for 30 MW – (covering General Santos City, the entire Province of Sarangani and 2 municipalities in South Cotabato);); Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) for 15 MW- (covering Butuan City and other areas of Agusan del Norte); Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) for 10 MW - (covering Bayugan City and all 13 municipalities of Agusan del Sur); the Iligan Light and Power, Inc. (ILPI) for 10 MW - (covering the host city of Iligan),  and  Zamboanga del Sur I Electric Cooperative , Inc. (ZAMSURECO 1) for 5 MW (covering Pagadian City and 24 municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur). Pending approval of these PSA’s by the ERC, these distribution utilities will be able to access electricity from the MPC plant thus significantly reducing the power outages in their respective service areas.

Aside from MPC, the Alcantara Group also controls and operates the 100 MW Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City, which supplies power to the Mindanao grid thru the National Power Corporation (NPC). The group is also in the advanced stages of developing the 105 Mega Watt San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City. The SRPI plant is expected to begin operating in 2016.