NPC inaugurates new powerhouse for Tandubanak DPP
Over the weekend, NPC has inaugurated its newly built powerhouse in Barangay Taungoh, Sibutu in Tawi-Tawi for its Tandubanak Diesel Power Plant.
A simple ceremony was held to unveil the new facilities.
This was graced by Mayor Alshefa J. Pajiji of Sibutu, representatives from Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperative, Inc (TAWELCO), and NPC officials headed by Engr. Yahcob H. Darayan, Department Manager for SPUG-Mindanao Operations.
Prior to the construction of the powerhouse, the power plant is sheltered under a simple wooden structure with a roof that dilapidated over time. It is expected that the climate-resilient powerhouse and new operator’s quarters will contribute to a more efficient operation.
Currently, the power plant operates 24/7 and has 790 kW dependable capacity which is more than enough in meeting the power demand of 380 kW. It services 8 barangays in East Sibutu (Taungoh, Tandubanak, Shiek Makdum, Tongsibalu, Tongehat, Ungus-Ungus, Tando-owak and Hji. Mohtar Sulayman) while the remaining 8 barangays are connected with NPC’s Sibutu DPP located in Barangay Datu Amilhamja Jaafar.
Sibutu is the country’s southernmost municipality, resting around 14 kilometers east of Sabah, Malaysia. The people on the island are mostly skilled boat builders and woodcarvers. They also thrive with seaweed farming.