Almendras: Mindanao power supply improves

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Posted at May 11 2012 02:23 PM | Updated as of May 12 2012 02:37 AM

Power supply is still at critical level

MANILA – Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said the power supply in Mindanao has improved, as the Pulangui IV went back online after undergoing repairs.

In a statement, Almendras said the repairs and rehabilitation of Pulangi, which began April 17, were finished 9 days ahead of schedule. It has added back 200MW to the Mindanao grid.

"We have received reports indicating that there are no more rotating blackouts in Mindanao for the past two days," he said.

However, Almendras said Mindanao power supply is still at a critical level, since there are no contingency reserves.

“In the event of a failure in any of the power generation equipment, this will automatically result to a shortfall and blackouts. Therefore, we must not be complacent. We must continue to acknowledge the urgency of increasing the generation capacity in Mindanao," he said.

The Energy Secretary said there should be a focus on urgent measures to address the power supply problems in Mindanao:

  • Resolution of the problems in operating and rehabilitating the Iligan Diesel Power Plant that could add 100 MW in 7-8 months;
  • Rehabilitation and transfer of 120 MW of privately owned power barge generation; and
  • The most cost efficient and speedy rehabilitation and transfer to Mindanao of the 96 MW of power barges presently operated by NPC.

Almendras said new power generation projects, both traditional and renewable, should be accelerated. He noted several generation projects, including renewables, in Mindanao which were originally supposed to have been started in 2010, have still not been implemented.