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Luzon power supply steady - Transco

By Danny O. Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan (21 December) -- The Luzon power grid is assured of enough power supply despite the non-operation of the 1,200 megawatt Sual Power Plant for about five months already.

With the presence of several generation plants all over Luzon and Visayas, the needed supply in the Luzon grid is being met even if one or two plants like the Sual plant is not operating maybe due to maintenance works or other reasons, engineer Jose Arellano, district III manager of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) told the Patrima Kapihan at the Philippine Information Agency office.

Arellano, whose area covers Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Quirino provinces, said that an indicator of steady and stable power supply is when there are no scheduled daily brownouts as had been the case during the time of former President Corazon Aquino

"Kung wala pa yung mga brownouts na yan, sigurado na sapat pa ang kuryente na nagenerate," he pointed out.

He warned however that the country may again experience shortage of power supply if no plants are built soon to meet the needs of the future, noting the eight percent rise in the national load demand every year.

The country, as a strategy, continues to invite investors in the power sector to build new plants under the privatization program, he noted.

The Sual plant has been up for sale leaving its workers in the dark as to their employment status. Separation packages for the workers are reportedly being negotiated. Latest report said a Japanese bidder won over other bidders.

Meanwhile, the introduction about four, months ago of the bidding system in the procurement of power made it possible for the country to avail of lower priced electricity, Arellano contended. The spot market scheme may eventually redound to the benefit of consumers as power cost may go down.

Apparently such factors as the sale of the Mirant plant and that of the new power procurement scheme affected the plant's operations forcing its management to stop producing power in the meantime.

The Luzon grid is now connected thru submarine cables with the power grid in the Visayas where low priced electricity is available. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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