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CENECO seeks okay of
Bago capex project

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative is asking the Energy Regulatory Commission to approve its application for the Lag-asan Emergency Capital Expenditure Project in Bago City.

CENECO said Bago City constantly suffers from recurrent outages attributed to poor voltage regulation because of the distance from the increased power quality requirements, being operated and served by one feeder.

It cited an explosion in 2008, at the Calumangan substation that required the reconstruction and repair of the 5MVA substation in Bago City. CENECO utilized its existing 10MVA power transformer from Talisay substation rehabilitated and transferred it to the Lag-asan substation in Bago.

Despite the installation of the 10 MVA transformer, CENECO still suffered low voltage problems because the Calumangan substation did not turn out as the expected load center.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bago City, passed Resolution No. 11-347 or a Resolution urging the ERC to fast-track the approval of the Capital Expenditure Project for CENECO substation in Barangay Lag-asan, Bago City.

The proposed cost of the Lag-asan project is P6.4 million for the material costs of about P4.1 million and labor costs of about P2.3 million.

CENECO constructed and implemented the Lag-asan Capital Expenditure Project with an actual total project cost of only P5.4 million sourced from the 5 percent Reinvestment Fund, the appeal of CENECO stated.

The Reinvestment Fund was used for the Lag-asan project, CENECO does not intend to recover the expenses from its consumers, so, no rate impact or adjustments will be involved.

Copies of the application were furnished the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental and the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City.*CGS

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