Celso asks ERC to expedite hearing on power purchase PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:03

To help ease power shortage

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has assured District I Congressman Celso Lobregat that it will expedite hearing and resolution of Zamcelco’s proposal to purchase 7 megawatts power from Crystal Sugar Company and help alleviate the problem on power shortage in the city.

Lobregat made representations with ERC Chair Zenaida Ducot upon request of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative General Manager Engr. George Ledesm who is currently negotiating with the management of the Crystal Sugar company for the possible purchase of 7 megawatts to add the current power supply of the city pegged at only a little of over 60 megawatts.

The District 1 solon personally called up the ERC chair Ducot who promised to act on the matter right away.

Based on communication from Engr. Ledesma, the city’s demand is 80-86 megawatts but the supply from various sources reach only about 60 megawatts. The supply received is summarized as follows: National Grid Power Corporation (NGPC)- 42 megawatts from the supposed 50 mw; Therma Marine Inc. (TMI)- 3.5MW from the supposed 18MW and Mapalad – 3 MW out of the supposed 18MW for a total of 58.5 megawatts giving a shortage of 27MW.

Lobregat said a 4-MW shortage is equivalent to one hour blackout that is the reason why the city is experiencing 6-9 hours rotational blackouts in the city.

“Zamcelco is trying to get additional 7MW from Crystal Sugar Company outside of the current contracts they have,” Lobregat said, as he announced that the proposal is progressing and can be realized soon.

For the Mapalad contract, Zamcelco is getting only 3MW out of the 18MW provided in the contract because the lack of the letter of credit.  However, the solon said Zamcelco has already fixed things up with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) as of Monday for the payment for the power supply from Mapalad.

“So with the additional 15MW from Mapalad and if we get the 7MW from Crystal Sugar after the ERC approval, there will be minimal brownouts in the city”, he emphasized.

However, he hinted that the shortage will remain huge if and when the water level in Lake Lanao, the main source of power, will go down due to the lack of  rain. — Rey Carbonel