8 diesel-feed power plants to rise in Misamis Oriental-A A +A
Sunday, May 20, 2012
EIGHT diesel-feed power plants are expected to rise in Misamis Oriental, officials of the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco-1) in Laguindingan town said Friday.
Edelesio Arcol, Moresco-1’s president of the board of directors, said the power distributor is projecting a zero-brownout in its area of coverage in Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, parts of Cagayan de Oro and Lanao areas with the establishment of these power plants within this year that would produce a total capacity of 16 megawatts power.
Arcol said two power plants would be installed each of the four substations of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Mindanao to boost reliable power reserves.
“How can we continue with our mission to energize the remotest sitios in our area of coverage when we lack power sources? That’s why we are working out with the establishment of these power plants. If there are big investors who may want to put up factories, we can accommodate them because we have these reliable power sources,” he said.
He said these power plants would only be generated with during peak hours from three to five hours in a day, which would be operated by Moresco-1.
“To our member-consumers, please bear with us, give us your trust because it is only for our own good,” he appealed during the 42nd general membership assembly of Moresco-1. “Help us make this place (Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental) the fascinating gateway in Mindanao.”
Arcol also proudly announced that unlike other areas in Mindanao, Misamis Oriental and its coverage areas did not experience rotational brownouts.
Eugene Velasco, the electric cooperative’s finance officer, refused to divulge the amount to be invested for the eight power plants but admitted that the project is in partnership with private individuals.
“Moresco-1 would only be one of the stock holders of this investment, which is still at the level of further study. We also need to wait for the advice of the (Aquino) administration for that matter,” Velasco said.
He said the power provider’s recommendation for the project is endorsed to the Office of the President through Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson Luwalhati Antonino. Antonino was the guest speaker during the electric coop’s general assembly.
Contract to end 2015
Velasco noted the huge contribution of these diesel-run power plants to the expiring Renewable Energy Service contract of Moresco-1 with the National Power Corporation (NPC) by 2015, saying: “We will not anymore renew our contract with the NPC.”
“With the establishment of these power plants, we are confident that even without the NPC, we could still get power from our own sources,” he said.
Moresco-1 is currently dependent on acquiring its baseload from NPC to service its member-consumers. Velasco, however, failed to declare as to how much the electric cooperative is paying NPC.
Embarking on hydro
Velasco even said Moresco-1 is also contemplating of embarking on establishing hydro power plants in the rivers of Talakag, Bukidnon, particularly located at barangay Batang Bulanog.
“We are actually asking the help from MinDA chair Luwalhati Antonino to fulfill these plans. We are now in the process of consultation with the member-consumers; and surveys,” he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 21, 2012.