TO SPUR economic and social growth in the countryside, state-run National Power Corporation (Napocor) has awarded a total of P204.9 million worth of contracts to private suppliers for the supply of 59 generator sets (gensets) to power various off-grid areas throughout the country.
Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita, Napocor president, explained that the 59 gensets will provide an additional 11.28 megawatts (MW) capacity to the said off-grid areas.
Sta. Rita said the gensets will be distributed to 52 small power utilities group (SPUG) plants to improve the reliability of power supply in these far-flung villages that are not connected to the main power grid.
“Napocor continues to be proactive in bringing electricity to more far-flung areas and in upgrading our services to our 291 SPUG plants across the country,” said Sta. Rita.
She expressed the belief that the project will effectively boost the economic viability of off-grid communities and will ensure the infrastructure and program support necessary for tourism and countryside development.
Napocor earlier said that new SPUG plants in Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte and Camandag Island in Western Samar are currently under construction.
Sta. Rita said another batch of 90 gensets is under bidding and will benefit 55 other SPUG plants.
The capacity addition and infrastructure projects in SPUG areas are the only portions of the Napocor budget funded by the national government and form part of the Aquino administration’s program to foster inclusive growth through countryside electrification.
All other operational expenses of the corporation come from the company’s internally generated funds.
Napocor is currently implementing various transmission lines and substation projects, and is responsible for the management of the transmission systems of the provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate, Marinduque, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro.
The construction of 155.7 circuit-kilometers of transmission lines and 10 megavolt-amperes substation are under way while 87 circuit-kilometers of transmission lines in Occidental Mindoro are being rehabilitated.