Alsons Power committed to supply power to Z.C. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:10

The Alsons Power Group has reiterated its commitment to provide Zamboanga City with a steady supply of baseload power by 2016.  Joseph C. Nocos, Alsons Power’s Vice President for Project Development said,  “Our commitment to the people and the city of Zamboanga remains steadfast.  We will exert all efforts to ensure that by 2016 the Zamboanga City Electrical Cooperative (Zamcelco) will have access to 100 Mega Watts (MW) baseload capacity generated by Alsons Power as agreed upon in our power sales agreement.

“We have no intentions of abandoning Zamboanga City,” Nocos said.   The  Alsons Power Group  is the developer of the prospective 105 MW San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) coal-fired plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City . Alsons Power also controls and operates the 100 MW Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) diesel plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City .

Mr. Nocos made this  affirmation before the regular  session of the City Council yesterday.  He also mentioned the fact that Zamboanga City is also currently being supplied with 18 MW from another Alsons Power facility- the Mapalad Power Corporation diesel plant in Iligan City.  “Our Mapalad Power diesel plant in Iligan City has provided some relief  from the power outages that have plagued Zamboanga City,”  Mr. Nocos said .

Apart from the facilities already mentioned, Alsons Power also operates the Southern Philippines Power Corporation’s (SPPC) 55 MW diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani and is in the midst of constructing the 255 MW Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC)  coal-fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani. The SEC plant will begin operations in 2015 and will reach full capacity by 2016.

The Alsons Power executive likewise mentioned that the  group will be generating around 25% of Mindanao’s projected power demand by 2016. “ By 2016, Alsons Power facilities  will be generating an aggregate  of at least 463 MW   – more than 1/4 of the Department of Energy’s projected 2016 Mindanao peak power demand of 1,829 MW,” he said.

The inquiry as to the status of the San Ramon Power, Inc. was initiated by Councilor Rommel Agan, who wanted top be enlighted by the financial status of SRPI and when the project was going to commence.

The project has been delayed due to the deliberation process at the Energy Regulatory Commission. Last Nov. 15, the ERC ordered SRPI and the intervenors/oppositors to submit their respective position papers on which ERC will base its decision on the petition filed jointly by SRPI and Zamcelco on the power supply agreement which was signed last March. — BJ