Sual plant operator assures steady power supply
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (26 February) -- The Sual coal-fired power plant is running "full load" to meet the power requirements of the Luzon grid, an official of plant operator Team Energy told a media forum Thursday.
Greggy H. Romualdez, senior manager for external affairs, said that the plant's two generators are supplying 637 and 620 megawatts, respectively, to the grid. "Pinakamalaking power plant sa buong bansa ang Sual," he noted.
Asked during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency if the plant can assure of continuous power supply during this summer especially during the May 10 elections, Romualdez said that Team Energy is committed to do its part in ensuring steady supply of power. "I cannot speak for the total needs of the grid, nasa NPC or NGCP yon, pero samin sa Team Energy gagawin namin ang aming parte sa bagay na yan," he said.
He said that the company is complying with the requirements set by the government as regards power generation. "Kelangan sumunod kami sa patakaran kundi magmumulta kami," he said.
Being a world-class facility, the operator sees to it that environmental and health concerns are regularly monitored, Romualdez said. "Tuloy-tuloy ang monitoring namin sa public health, sa sea grass, sa paligid-ligid at sa water quality," he said in reaction to beliefs that coal as fuel for energy generation is "dirty."
"Ako rin nong una ang paningin ko sa coal ay marumi. But if used properly makikita nyo sa planta na napakalinis," he pointed out. He added that the coal being supplied is imported and of high quality.
On the recent rotating brownouts because of the shutting down of the Sual plant, he said that coincidentally, other plants also bogged down that time. "Nagkataon lang yon di naman sinadya," he assured. There is a schedule of maintenance works for the various plants so that continuous power supply is assured, he also said, noting that machines need "rest" too.
Meanwhile, Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that there are now 24,000 households in Region 1 which benefit from the government's pro-poor program called Pantawid Pamilayang Pilipino Program (4 Ps).
In Pangasinan, selected families from the towns of Aguilar, Mabini, Bolinao and Urbiztondo are already benefiting from the program. Nine more towns in the province, he bared, have been included in the program expansion ? Agno, Anda, Bani, Burgos, Malasiqui, Mangatarem, Sual, San Nicolas, and Sta. Maria.
Reynoso, who also guested at the KBP Forum, expressed confidence as to the continuity of the program because of the support of the World Bank. "Kahit magpalit man ang administrasyon, makakasiguro tayo na tuloy-tuloy yong programa natin," he noted.
He said that 4Ps aims to stop the cycle of poverty with the children of the next generation to be healthy and have at least finished basic education. The program puts emphasis on health and education of school children. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]