The National Power Corp. (Napocor) has augmented the power supply of Camotes Island in Cebu by dispatching its Power Barge 113.
Power Barge 113 will supply 950 kilowatts (kW) to augment Napocor-Small Power Utilities Group’s (SPUG) Camotes Island Diesel Power Plant (DPP) that supplies the island with 1.7 megawatts (MW) of power.
The two generating plants that have a total capacity of 2.65 MW are capable of meeting the power demand of the municipalities of Poro, San Francisco and Tudela, which is 2.1 MW.
With the transfer of the power barge from Siquijor, whose power generation was already privatized, load shedding was eliminated in Camotes Island.
At the same time, Napocor-SPUG is providing power service in the nearby island-Municipality of Pilar through Pilar DPP.
Camotes Electric Cooperative Inc. (CELCO), the sole distribution utility in the island, has also noted the fast-growing number of its member-costumers as a result of the Sitio Electrification Program.
Napocor said the increasing number of CELCO costumers is one of the reasons of the growing demand for power in the island.
Meanwhile, Napocor has extended its operation in the Municipality of Culion in Palawan into full 24 hours through Culion DPP, which services the Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative Inc.
“With its rich marine life and pristine wildlife, Culion has become one of the top destinations in the country,” Napocor said.
The increase of operation from 16 hours to 24 hours, Napocor added, will not only benefit around 2,015 households but will also boost the island’s tourism.
Napocor earlier increased its operating hours to 24 hours to the municipalities of Taytay, El Nido and San Vicente in Palawan and Caluya in Antique.