Zamcelco exec calls for enercon to end blackouts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:19

Engr. George Ledesma, general manager of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco), is advocating for energy conservation to ensure continuous power supply, thus putting an end to the pestering rotational blackouts in this part of the country.

Ledesma told the mayor’s weekly media briefing in City Hall yesterday morning that the lack of power from the hydro plants has prompted Zamcelco to impose the rotational blackouts lasting about 6 to 9 hours per feeder every day.

He said the city’s daily power demand is about 80 to 85 megawatts, but the hydro plants of late have only been supplying 42-mw in addition to the 18-mw from the Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) and 3-mw from Mapalad for a total of 63mw only, thus the shortage.

However, he said Zamcelco requested last week for Mapalad to add 15mw more, considering that under its power sales agreement (PSA) with Zamcelco last year it is supposed to provide the city with 18mw because the 3mw it used to supply last year was sufficient at the time.

Ledesma further said Zamcelco is now finalizing the award to the winning bidder the purchase of 16-mw modular gensets, which would take about six months to be in the pipeline and will be done by trenches.

It is part of the loan package the Department of Energy has offered to power coops last year. Under the package, the coop will pay only the interest and the fuel cost in the first two years and that the coop will have to decide whether or not to get the gensets and have them embedded in the city. If not, the DOE will take them back and put them in the off-grid (island) markets.

In the meantime, Ledesma said Zamcelco is also waiting for the Crystal Sugar to give the city additional 7mw for March and April only. Solar power is also being considered for an additional of 10mw.

Ledesma however said the energy conservation is very necessary to stop blackouts. — Vic Larato