Friday, April 6, 2012

Energy Problem of the Philippines

The government is working to address the power shortages in Mindanao
and will carry out plans to solve the problem in the long term,
President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

In an interview with members of the Philippine press at the Sofitel
Hotel here, the Chief Executive said that his administration inherited
severe power problems in Mindanao after years of neglect by the
previous administrations.

This time, however, the President said, he wants to remedy the problem
so that future administrations do not encounter similar concerns.

"I'm going there (Mindanao) Monday and then we'll thresh it all out,"
the President said when asked about government actions on Mindanao
power shortages.

Prior to his attendance at the 20th Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Summit, the President said two power barges are on
standby and awaiting arrangements to supply Mindanao's energy needs.
The government is also working to ensure that enough electricity is
available in Mindanao next year.

"What we're going to do is we're rehabilitating Agos 6, units one and
two; it will take 30 months to replace the necessary components,
turbine, more efficient turbine. "It will expand the lifespan of that
facility by 30 years. It will produce another 19 megawatts," he

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