ROMBLON: Sunwest Electric and Water Co. (Suweco) on Sunday switched on its 8.8-megawatt (MW) diesel-fired power plant in Barangay Batiano, Odiongan, Romblon that would finally address the power problem in the province.
The power plant is expected to put an end to the four- to five-hour daily brownouts the province has been experiencing since 2012.
Suweco has entered into an agreement with Tablas Electric Cooperative (TIELCO) for the supply of its entire capacity requirement for 15 years.
Elizaldy Co, Suweco president, said the plant is a welcome relief to more than 200,000 Romblon residents who have been suffering from daily power outages since 2012.
Limited supply from the National Power Corporation’s Small Power Utilities Group and the dry-docking of Napocor’s PB 114 power barge exacerbated the “rotational load shedding” in the island-province.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla along with Napocor president Gladys Sta. Rita and Romblon officials led the inauguration of the power plant.
Petilla said they are working for a win-win solution on Suweco’s power supply agreement with TIELCO that is now pending approval before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Built at a cost of over P225 million, Suweco’s power plant consists of eight 1.1-MW diesel-fired generators.
It received its certificate of endorsement from the Department of Energy in September 2014 pursuant to government’s Missionary Electrification Development Plan under Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001.
Sta. Rita said Tablas was declared one of the 14 priority areas for privatization in power generation.
Town mayors from Romblon’s 17 municipalities and Rep. Eleandro Madrona welcomed the new power plant’s inauguration.