Thermopower secures P96M Napocor contract

By: Amy R. Remo, April 8th, 2013 05:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines—The National Power Corp. has awarded local firm Thermopower Inc. a P95.8-million contract to supply 14 diesel generator sets, which the government plans to use to beef up power supply in remote off-grid areas.

In a statement, Napocor said Thermopower submitted the lowest price for the contract, besting other firms like Powermax Co. Ltd. and Hansei Corp.

The offer of Thermopower was likewise within the approved budget of P97.9 million for the contract.

Based on the contract, Thermopower will provide 14 gensets with a capacity of 600 kilowatts each to nine areas being serviced by the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG), the missionary electrification arm of Napocor.

According to Napocor, it will deploy three gensets each to the Basco diesel power plant (DPP) in Batanes and to Power Barge (PB) 116 in Siquijor, while two gensets will be delivered to PB 113 in Lapiz Port, also in Siquijor.

One genset each will be deployed to the Casiguran DPP in Aurora, Quezon; Lubang DPP in Occidental Mindoro; PB 109 in Tablas Island; PB 111 in Sultan Kudarat; Siasi DPP in Sulu; and Sitangkai DPP in Tawi Tawi.

“The purchase of the gensets is in line with the SPUG’s over-all capacity addition and expansion program, and Napocor’s commitment to the Department of Energy to replace its aging gensets and to address the growing electricity requirements in off-grid and island-grid areas,” the power firm explained in a statement.

“By Napocor’s estimates, the delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the gensets will be completed by the third quarter of the year.”

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