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Power stakeholders ensure power for Mindanao

By Jean Duron Abangan

Davao City (20 February) -- Enough power supply is ensured for Mindanao as El Nino is seen to last until June.

Stakeholders from the government and the private sectors with Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes at the helm, Thursday met to discuss measures to jointly address felt power supply deficiency in Mindanao.

The Power Stakeholders Meeting done at the Grand Regal Hotel yielded commitments from players of Electric Power Industry in Mindanao that includes among others the National Power Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), the Mindanao Business Council, chambers of commerce from cities Mindanao-wide.

Participants to the forum came up with a statement of commitment to fully cooperate in ensuring that there will be adequate and reliable supply of electric power in Mindanao.

They also affirmed their willingness to cooperate and assist in resolving power emergency situation in Mindanao and that they agree to set specific timelines in implementing projects or commitments that came up during the Power Stakeholders Meeting.

Among those concerns that were taken up during the meeting included the need for expeditious repair of Agus 2-Kibawe 138 KV Lines 1&2 by the NGCP; expeditious commissioning of the Maramag-Bunawan 230 KV backbone project by the NGCP; expeditious commissioning of the Sangali-Pitogo 138 KV line in Zamboanga City by NGCP; and expeditious repair/upgrading of facilities of the NPC/PSALM.

Among the concerns that Mindanao Power stakeholders lodged with NPC and PSALM for such agencies to do, were the need to dredge Pulangi IV power plants to increase its power storage capacity; to consider brick-making as the livelihood opportunity that can be drawn from the mass of silt taken from Pulangi.

NPC and PSALM were also asked to settle issues with the city government of Iligan to pave way for the possible re-operation of the 60 MW Iligal Diesel Power Plant, and to immediately rehabilitate the 40 MW plant located in the place.

Meanwhile, PSALM has committed to study the privatization approach for Agus and Pulangi either through full privatization or through operate and maintain (O & M) approach.

The Mindanao Business Council during the meeting maintained its stand to support only O and M scheme but Secretary Reyes explained that PSALM could not outright commit to such because it still has to thoroughly study the Mindanao situation.

Mindanao power stakeholders also agreed to consider the possibility of adopting the supply augmentation scheme done through injecting power by embedded generators but they requested DOE to come up with ways to recover the cost of streamlining power to the Mindanao main power grid.

Other than the concerns stated in the statement of commitment, Secretary Reyes encouraged Mindanao power stakeholders to submit to his office the list of issues that they want immediate action from concerned government agencies directly involved in the power industry. (PIA XI) [top]

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