• NPC starts fuel storage upgrade for SPUG


    The National Power Corp. (Napocor) will deploy new and calibrated fuel oil storage tanks to 15 off-grid plants providing power to some of the country’s remotest communities.

    This move is seen to address issues in the bidding, supply and utilization of fuel that run all small power utilities group (SPUG) facilities.

    “We had already earmarked P37 million for the procurement of 60-, 35-, and 10-cubic meter fuel oil storage tanks for various SPUG plants in the country including the construction of associated facilities,” Napocor President Gladys Sta. Rita said.

    “The tanks also come with fuel flow meters that measure fuel level and quality to effectively discourage and eliminate pilferage,” she added.

    Since SPUG areas are located in off-grid islands and are more prone to storms and inclement weather conditions, these tanks are also beneficial in safekeeping enough fuel until the next supply comes.

    For his part, Napocor-SPUG chief, Vice President Danilo Sedillo, said that with efficient storage tanks, end users of missionary electricity will be further assured of continuous and more efficient power supply.

    “NPC [Napocor] continues to commit to its mission of lighting up the islands through missionary power, by making sure that SPUG operations are reliable and efficient. We are not only aiming for brownout-free services. We are also looking at extending the service hours in our missionary areas to better serve the communities and attract economic activity that would spur further growth,” Sta. Rita said.

    Specifically, the 15 Napocor SPUG plants that are scheduled to have the new tanks soon are San Pascual, Peña, Chico, Gilotongan, Gin-Awayan and Nabuctot in Masbate, and Lahuy and Quina–salang in Camarines Sur for Luzon; Caluya in Antique, Pilar in Cebu and Gigantes in Iloilo for the Visayas; and Siasi and Luuk in Sulu, Sitangkay and Tandubas in Tawi-Tawi for Mindanao.

    Twelve more fuel oil storage tanks, on the other hand, are set to be bid out and deployed to other SPUG plants in the Visayas and Mindanao.

    The contract for the supply, delivery, installation and test of the storage tanks was awarded to Metalite Builders Development Inc. after it complied with Napocor’s requirements.


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