THE Isla Norte Energy Corp. (Inec), a subsidiary of Vivant Energy Corp., has provided the Bantayan Island Electric Cooperative (Banelco) in northern Cebu with three megawatts (MW) of emergency power supply.
Vivant, in a press statement on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, said Inec has brought generators to Bantayan to provide power to Banelco during a shortfall in generation on the part of Banelco’s current power provider.
The generators that Inec brought to the island, Vivant said, provide “nearly half of the island’s total demand.”
Lee Rivera, Banelco general manager, likened the occurrence of almost daily outages that the Banelco member-consumers have experienced to an emergency situation that needs to be addressed.
Banelco sought an exemption from the competitive selection process (CSP) from the Department of Energy to secure the interim power supply from Inec.
Rivera said the past several months have been a “nightmare” that they wish not to happen again. He said the 3-MW emergency power supply will address the power shortage of their current power provider.
He said they hope that it will also allow their current power provider to properly fix and maintain its generating units without resorting to power curtailment.
Rivera said the generators brought by Inec are not the ultimate solution, but they will greatly improve the power supply situation in Bantayan Island.
Vivant Energy Corp. president Arlo A.G. Sarmiento also said they are honored to help Bantayan Island and its people both by bringing in emergency power supply and through their long-term commitment to provide sufficient and reliable power with the Inec power plant.
Inec is also constructing a 23.3-MW diesel power plant that will supply the long-term total power requirement of Bantayan Island.
Inec has been awarded a 15-year contract to supply Banelco’s power requirement following a successful CSP.
The Inec plant is expected to be completed in 2021.
The Municipality of Bantayan, in a statement it posted on its official Facebook page on Aug. 29, said with the Interim Power Supply Agreement between Banelco and Inec and the presence of these three power generators, the three municipalities of Bantayan Island are looking forward to experiencing a steady supply of electricity in the months ahead.
Rivera then thanked the National Electrification Administration, Cebu Provincial Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, the Provincial Board through PB Member Raci Franco, Rep. Janice Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th District), Bantayan Mayor Art Despi, Sta. Fe Mayor Ithamar Espinosa and Madridejos Mayor Salvador de la Fuente for helping facilitate Banelco’s application for exemption.
Salimbangon, Franco and Despi also joined Vivant and Inec officials during the ceremonial switch-on of the interim power supply on Aug. 27 in Brgy. Bantigue, Bantayan. (WBS with PR)