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ANECO challenges Mindanao leaders to curb island’s power crisis

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Following the power crisis that the whole island of Mindanao is experiencing during the previous months, Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) Corporate Planning Office Manager Engr. Noli Namocatcat on Thursday (December 16) challenged Mindanao leaders to curb the problem.

Engr. Namocatcat revealed that Mindanao’s peak demand growth from 2010 to 2014 is 5.76 percent. One of the reasons of power crisis is the dependable capacity which lags behind reserve requirement of 13.1% peak demand.

Namocatcat said if power plant will be built, required investment for coal plant will reach to US$1.8 million to US$2.0 million per megawatt, while hydro plant will cost US$4.0 million.

With these developments, Namocatcat said Mindanao leaders should attract investors to build 484 megawatt power plants. This will suffice the need of power supply distribution in the whole island of Mindanao.

Moreover, he said leaders of the five regions should also locate new power plants in Southern Mindanao because he said that this part of the island posts the greatest demand of power supply where about 40% of the demand in the whole island comes from this region.

By Robert E. Roperos-PIA




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