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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012

ZAMCELCO proposes to purchase additional power supply to counter power shortage

by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA 9) - - Officials of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZamCelCo) recently met with Mayor Lobergat to discuss the proposed purchase of additional power supply of Zamcelco as a counter measure to the impending power supply shortage in the region and the entire Mindanao.

City Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias said “the discussion focused on Zamcelco’s proposal to enter into agreement with a generation company, the Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) for the supply of electricity of its over a hundred thousand member-consumers.”

Covarrubias informed, initially the proposal with TMI was 20 watts, but now, what is available from TMI is only 18watts.

According to Covarrubias, Zamcelco will have to make their intention formal to TMI because the delay of such formal agreement means losing the opportunity to purchase the additional electricity needed as TMI will start disposing available supply of electricity once the problem on power shortage worsen.

“Zamcelco will have to make their intentions formal because if they do not formalize, then as time goes and the power shortage becomes more acute then TMI will start also disposing that available supply of electricity,” Covarrubias explained.

Covarrubias said a wide area in Mindanao including Zamboanga City is already experiencing frequent brownouts and power interruptions and Zamcelco said this situation will get worse by July.

Covarrubias said that mayor Lobregat sees the need to act on the issue right away or lose the chance to purchase the needed additional power supply and suffer the consequence. (JPA / PIA ZBST)

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