Steag, increased allocation 'improve power supply'

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


SUPPLY from a private coal-fired power plant and greater allocation from the National Power Corporation (NPC) is behind the improvement of the power situation in Davao City.

Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) executive vice president Arturo M. Milan, who was a guest speaker in Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCI)'s dailogue on addressing power shortage in Mindanao on Friday, said rotational brownouts have reduced since the onlining of the first 105 megawatt (MW) unit of the 210 MW Steag coal-fired plant and the increase in the supply allocated by the National Power Corporation.

"There was a big improvement in May 8 (after the first unit of Steag went online), we were able to reduce the rotating brownouts to 6hrs from the 7.5 hours that was announced. Also, lately the power supply from the National Power Corporation (NPC) has increased to 201 MW," he said.

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However, Milan said they will not "bring down the red flag" yet since the Bajada power plant is still running.

He said once the Bajada power plant stops operating, then they can say that the power situation has already stabilized. The Bajada plant is used as stand-by generator of the city.

"Because anytime if one of the operating units (power generators) goes down again then we might go back to the situation wherein supply is critical," he said.

DLPC's total supply is 403.5 MW wherein 363.5 is contracted from NPC, Hedcor Sibulan, Tudaya, Talomo, and Therma Marine Inc. and 40 MW is coming from the standby power plant in Bajada.

He said the power supply can adequately supply the consumers' needs if all contracted capacity can be generated, however with the limited generating capacity of the Agus and Pulangi hydroelectric plants due to summer, the supply remains unstable.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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