A power generation and distribution firm on Monday expressed confidence that the rotational brownouts experienced in Luzon last week will not be repeated despite the threat of drought from the El Niño phenomenon.
Aboitiz Power Corp. chief operating officer Emmanuel Rubio said the rotational brownouts in Luzon were caused by major outages of the Sual power plant in Pangasinan province and the Pagbilao plant in Quezon province.
Rubio, however, said since the operations of the two major power plants were immediately restored, the power supply has normalized.
He added that as long as these power plants remain operational, the power supply in Luzon will remain normal.
“So as long as these base load plants continue to operate, we will have a normal situation,” Rubio said.
Aboitiz Power, the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments, supplies electricity to the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and other electric cooperatives.
But the power situation in Luzon is different from that in Mindanao that continues to experience rotational brownouts.
“We are really expecting rotational brownouts to continue in Mindanao until the supply surpasses demand,” Rubio said.
To help address the problem, he added, the company is fast-tracking completion of their power facilities in the region.
Aboitiz Power recently inaugurated its power plant in Davao.
Although it has a capacity of only 14 megawatts, Rubio said, it “would help address the energy problem in Mindanao.”
“The one that would really have a significant impact will be Therma South coal plant because once it is operational by the first quarter of 2015, it will reduce if not eliminate brownouts,” he added.
The Therma South plant will have a capacity of 300 megawatts.
Aboitiz Power President and Chief Executive Erramon Aboitiz said the company is also planning to expand its power generation capacity by 2,000 megawatts over the next five years.
“Aboitiz Power is also looking at investing up to P80 billion in greenfield and brownfield projects across the country,” Aboitiz added.
The company is also keen on more renewable energy projects, and hopes to add solar energy to its portfolio to supplement its hydroelectric and geothermal projects.