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Napocor to build more plants in remote areas


State-run National Power Corp. plans to build within this year five diesel-fed power facilities that will supply electricity to five remote and off-grid areas in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Bohol.

The diesel plants are targeted to generate 100 kilowatts or below, enough to serve the power demand of hundreds of households in each area, according to Napocor senior vice president Pio J. Benavidez.

Benavidez said the power plants, which would be put up in the areas where Napocor’s Small Power Utilities Group operated, might require investments of anywhere between P5 million and P6 million each.

“We target to put up around four to five [facilities] this year. We have awarded the contracts for the three facilities, all of which will be running on diesel. The plants will have small capacities because these will serve the small islands, which currently do not have access to electricity,” Benavidez explained.

Napocor SPUG held on Wednesday the groundbreaking for the first of the five facilities—a 15-kW diesel-fed power plant that will serve 147 households in Barangay Atulayan, Sagnay, Caramoram, Camarines Sur.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will also be held for the 20-kW facility that will serve 249 households in Barangay Toytoy, Palumbanes Island, Catanduanes, and the 60-kW diesel plant that will serve 753 households in Barangay Cabul-an, Buenavista, Bohol. Combined, the first three facilities will have a total capacity of 95 kW, which will benefit 1,149 households with six hours of electricity a day.

For this year alone, Napocor will need as much as P18 billion in subsidies, mostly to fund the existing operations of the Small Power Utilities Group and to ensure stable supply in the off-grid areas. Of this amount, however, only P14 billion has been secured.

Napocor operates and maintains 232 small power-generating units with a total generated capacity of about 175 MW, serving 214 island and isolated grids and providing electricity to 47 customers consisting of 39 electric cooperatives, seven local government units and one multipurpose cooperative.

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  • JunPyo123

    It seems that the writer fell short in doing some research to confirm facts on this news article.

    “Napocor SPUG held on Wednesday the groundbreaking for the first of the five facilities–a 15-kW diesel-fed power plant that will serve 147 households in Barangay Atulayan, Sagnay, Caramoram, Camarines Sur.”

    Barangay Atulayan is in the municipality of Sagñay (not Sagnay as written here). This municipality is not part of Caramoan (not Caramoram – seriously, the place is quite popular to deserve a typo) as it appears on how it was written. Sagñay and Caramoan are different municipalities in CamSur. Source: Wiki.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYOIJWB3T5AQZVG4JRRQHCU2BI John

    Why not give this project to OFW, we can even provide RENEWABLE POWER to this areas with the latest available technologies. Please NAPOCOR, DOE, NEDA talk to us we OFW can invest on this kind of projects.


    • Wadav

      Community based solar PV systems are being implemented in other countries most notably in US and Germany. Why not do the same in our country? OFWs can foot the bill for these kind of projects,

  • Wadav

    This small off grid requirements can easily be supplied by solar power! Why on earth does Napocor still inisting in using diesel power generators? Solar panels are dirt cheap now!

  • rodben

    I am 1million% agree with NAPOCOR plan this time hope not finance by Lopezes, Aboitiz, or Ayala and among tycoon greed other wise same story electric rate is pro-rich not pro-poor..gov’t has a big money but we don’t know where these money go after EDSA..

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