NPC deploys add’l genset for off-grid Masbate

by Myrna Velasco – December 16, 2015

from Manila Bulletin

The electricity service delivery for consumers in off-grid Burias Island in Masbate has been reinforced with the deployment of a supply supplementing 300-kilowatt generating set (genset).

State-run National Power Corporation (NPC), which has the function of providing power to off-grid domains, has announced that the capacity of its plant in San Pascual, Masbate was increased following the genset’s delivery.

The company has indicated that with the supply shoring up, “we can now extend the service hours of the Burias Island diesel power plant from 8 to 12 hours.”

That off-grid servicing facility caters to the requirements of at least 1,857 households, according to data provided by the state-owned power firm.

NPC added that by 2016, “the power plant may further extend to 16 hours” its duration of service to end-users.

The power firm said “with the new genset, power services in the said municipality can now be enjoyed from 8:00 in the morning until 12 midnight,” a service arrangement that will also enable students on their computer use while in schools.

It has been NPC’s wish that with this power capacity sprucing up, the area can also boost its tourism draw while spurring further economic activities.

NPC president Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita has similarly committed that they will push for the electrification of nine more barangays in the town.

The power firm has been extensively working on extending the operating hours of its deployed gensets in various off-grid areas – at least to 12 hours if the 24-hour operating cycle cannot be achieved yet in most.

NPC has emphasized that it will distribute 62 more gensets in jurisdictions of the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) that takes the core of its residual function following the privatization of the bulk of its power assets.

The power firm currently services around 800,000 households via its 290 SPUG power facilities spread through different islands.