State-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor) approved 24/7 electricity service in Tawi-Tawi in order to open the province for more sustainable economic development.
This week, Napocor launched round-the-clock commercial operations for three power plants in the province to boost the capacity and reserves in its power facilities.
“We now have considerable power reserves to our power plants in the municipalities of Balimbing (now called Panglima Sugala), Mapun and Sibutu, hence the extension of its operating hours from 16 hours to 24 hours,” said Nestor Flauta, Napocor’s chief for Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG)-Mindanao Operations Department.
Flauta said more than 4,000 households are to benefit from this operation, with local livelihood like fishing, seaweed farming, and agriculture also boosted.
Napocor’s other power plants in the province such as Manuk Mangkaw and West Simunul in Simunul, Tandubanak in Sibutu, Sitangkai, Tandubas and Languyan are also included in the 2018 capacity addition program.
Napocor is also planning to grant round-the-clock power service to around 1,500 household of its Palimbang Diesel Power Plant in Sultan Kudarat next week.
According to Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez, capacity addition programs this year until 2020 have been laid down to help provide more reliable power supply and uninterrupted 24/7 power in the corporation’s service areas in off-grid islands.
“For our existing power plants, we are targeting to install a total of 58 MW of new capacities this year,” he said.