To Supplement Power Supply Alsons to deploy gensets in Mindanao

The power group of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. will be deploying generator sets to supplement the power supply of the areas it has been serving, according to the Department of Energy.

The department apprised stakeholders in Mindanao that discussions were held between the Alcantara-owned power unit and prospective genset supplier Aggreko Philippines.

Alsons power group vice president for business development Joseph Nocos confirmed the planned deployment of the gensets, but he qualified that it will only be confined to areas they have been servicing.

The total capacity, he said, will definitely be paltry compared to the planned scale of deployment by government for the other brownout-affected areas in the grid.

''For the rental gensets, our initiative is limited to only General Santos City, Zamboanga, Pagadian and South Cotabato in a smaller scale than that of the DOE's,'' Nocos said.

He further explained ''this is not our core business and we are doing this to support the government and our existing customers.''

The energy department has been scouring for various measures that could help boost power supply in brownout-affected areas, especially during the election period.

In the case of the Alcantara group, it offered its newly acquired Iligan diesel power plant to become part of the short-term solution to the Mindanao power crisis.

From its ongoing rehabilitation phase, the company has committed to the energy department that it will attain full ramp-up to 98 megawatts around September this year.

Mindanao consumers are already resigned to the idea that supply in Mindanao will only stabilize around 2015 when the new capacities from greenfield coal developments will reach commissioning.