2nd Quarter Issue

 

Coconut diesel energizes Tablas Power Plant

COCONUT POWER ENERGIZES the National Power Corporation’s Tablas Diesel Power Plant in Poctoy, Odiongan, Romblon.

Island-based Romtron Biodiesel, a pioneering brand of Coco Methyl Ester (CME) produced by St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative supplies 5% CME blend to the NPC plant’s six diesel engines and two other units, that’s according to Tablas DPP supervisor Engr. Efren Reyes.

The MAN diesel engine of the Tablas Diesel Power Plant. These engines were powered by 10% CME. Diesel fuel blend last November - December 2006. The runs resulted in higher thermal efficiencies and reduced fuel rates.
CME being mixed with diesel at the NPC fuel depot of the Tablas Diesel Power Plant. Mixing is supervised by PCIERD's Engr. Loreto Carasi (rightmost).

He expects NPC to achieve savings in fuel consumption with the use of CME.  Initial tests in September 2005 using a10% CME blend reduced the power plant’s fuel consumption rate while enhancing thermal efficiency.  Reyes assumed that the power generating engines’ particulate emissions would consequently decrease with the use of CME.   The Tablas DPP consumes 12,000 liters of industrial grade diesel daily.  Romtron Biodiesel has since replaced half of these.

Tablas DPP started to run with 5% CME-diesel blend last November 11, 2006 in time with Gov. Perpetuo Ylagan’s birthday– a coincidental tribute to the man who helped make the CME project a reality by contributing P1M from his congressional development funds while representing Romblon’s lone seat to the House of Representatives.

The CME manufacturing plant in Odiongan is one of only three in the Philippines accredited by the Department of Energy and received a “Certificate of Fuel Additive Registration” for passing the Philippine National Standards for Biodiesel.  DOST is continuously monitoring the plant’s quality system.

Meanwhile, DOST granted P390T in financial assistance to St. Vincent Ferrer MPC for CME packaging and label design.  The Peace and Equity Foundation, a non-profit organization, also committed to the same cooperative P2.07M in plant operations assistance.

NPC and Tablas Island Electric Cooperative, on the other hand, will provide P1M worth of electricity to St. Vincent Ferrer MPC that would enable it to operate without relying on electric generators as it currently does.  The arrangement is expected to further cut down Romtron Biodiesel’s retail price, which is currently sold at P80 per liter in Odiongan and P125 per liter outside Romblon. STP

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