Gov.Cua checks NPC progress on genset
posted 30-Jul-2018  ·  
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In a surprise visit to the Marinawa diesel power plant, Governor Joseph Cua found out for himself that it will take another one to two weeks before the 3.6-megawatt Daihatsu diesel generator engine is finally commissioned by National Power Corporation.

NPC Catanduanes plant superintendent Engr. Edwin Tatel explained to the governor that the bunker fuel inside the engine had hardened, affecting three important machine parts.

“Awat na dai nagamit su engine. Dai na nalimpyahan kaya nagtagas su carbon sa cylinder head buda piston ring,” Gov. Cua, who knows how an engine works, added.

Asked by the governor how long would it take to make it fully operational, Engr. Tatel answered that if they are to continue cleaning the engine, it would take another two weeks. However, he added that if the new cylinder head they ordered arrives, it would not take long.

It may be recalled that during the June 1, 2018 meeting of the board of directors of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) where both the governor and Congressman Cesar Sarmiento were present, the NPC official assured that it would take two to three weeks for the engine to be made operational again.

The Daihatsu engine has been idle since October 2017 NPC refused to extend the lease contract with FICELCO, essentially terminating its back-to-back lease agreement with the genset’s former operator, the Catanduanes Power Generation, Inc. (CPGI).

After the power firm failed to have the genset running in June, NPC President Pio Benavidez Jr. promised that it would be commissioned last July 12, but the vow was not fulfilled.

“Gapahalapot na ang tawo. Sa news nakalaag na ‘next week na’. Nakapila ng next week. Kaya personal tang pinuntahan ang NPC tanganing mahiling ta kung ngata ta naawat paandaron ang saindang makina”, the provincial chief executive added.

“Kung mag-andar ang genset na ini, masosolusyunan ang satuyang problema sa brownout”, Gov.Cua added.

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