AN ADDITIONAL power supply will enter Davao City’s grid starting May as the Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC) contracted 50 megawatts (MW) from the Alsons Power’s Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani.
Alsons Power Group announced on Thursday that the additional power supply will be available after their exclusive agreement with National Power Corporation (NPC) will end by the end of this month.
“The Southern Philippines Power Corporation diesel plant will end its exclusive agreement with Napocor, after which it will start delivering 50 MW or about 91 percent of its entire capacity to Davao City,” Tomas Alcantara, Alson’s chief executive officer (CEO) said during the launching of its newest brand under Alson Development and Investment Corporation, the Nurtura Land & Home at the Gaisano Mall of Davao.
“This will certainly go a long way in helping reduce the rotating brownouts that are currently plaguing us,” he added.
He emphasized that the additional capacity to the Mindanao Grid will help ensure an ample supply of power serving over three million people in various parts of Mindanao especially crucial during the upcoming elections this May.
Arturo Milan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the DLPC, said that the synchronization of SPPC will help meet the increasing power demand of Davao City at 371 MW during peak hours.
“With SPPC in May, assuming that no other power plants, where we have contracts will be down, power situation in May in all are franchise areas will normalize as will have a total of 429 MW contracted supply, efficient to meet the 371 MW peak demand,” Milan said.
Meanwhile, customers of the distribution utility are presently experiencing the irking effects of power interruptions as five hours of rotating brownouts are still implemented in all its franchise areas covering Davao City, Panabo City, Sto. Tomas, Carmen, and Dujali, Davao del Norte.
Furthermore, DLPC is also looking forward for the 80 MW power contract from the San Miguel Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCP) which is expected to enter by August 2016.
The 210-MW Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) of Alsons Power coal-fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani is scheduled to go on commercial operations by the end of April.