MPC completes Iligan power plant rehab-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
ILIGAN CITY -- The Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) announced the completion of the rehabilitation and repair work for the Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP).
MPC began its six-month rehabilitation work on the 20-year-old diesel plant on March 11 to maximize the 98-megawatt (MW) capacity to provide Mindanao with an interim source of energy to help combat the island’s massive power shortage.
Oscar Benedict Contreras III, manager and communication and stakeholder relations of Alsons Power, Alsons Power Group vice president for operations Edgar Sevilles and MPC plant manager Ruben Ramilo told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the rehab work wasn’t easy.
The task of rehabilitation and repair would entail the major overhaul of nearly all the 18 diesel engine units of the plant -- one of which had been cannibalized for spare parts.
The cooling towers and smoke stacks of the plant were corroded while its roofing and gutters were dilapidated and required replacement. Critical components such as Process Logic Controller (PLC) needed replacement with an upgraded version for nine units. The circuit breakers had to be retrofitted.
As the MPC team began to embark on the undertaking six months ago, Ramilo said, "It is a tough order, but we will try our best to deliver the most we can in the shortest possible time.”
The MPC plant began operating on a ramp up basis in April 2013, and by early May the plant was able to deliver electricity to Iligan City and other key areas of Mindanao helping ensure a steady supply of uninterrupted power for the island during the last elections.
By the end of May 2013, the plant was producing 26 MW and plant capacity reached 76 MW in August. On September 6, a week ahead of the rehab deadline set on September 11, it went through a process of testing. Then, Iligan City has certified that the MPC plant achieved the full 98 MW capacity with all its engines fully rehabilitated and operational.
The project cost was pegged at P1.3 billion. As of August 30 this year, the rehabilitation cost only reached at P614 million.
The IDPP/MPC facility was originally developed and operated by the Alsons Power through its subsidiary, Northern Mindanao Power Corporation, under two energy conversion agreements with the National Power Corporation (NPC) using the build, operate and transfer scheme that required the two NMPC plants to provide power to the Mindanao grid, 58 MW from 1993 to 2003 and 40 MW from 1993 to 2006.
The plants were turned over to the NPC after the two agreements expired in 2003 and 2006. They were subsequently acquired by the City of Iligan in 2007. NPC continued operating the plants until 2010. The Iligan City government decided to invite interested parties to bid for the ownership and operation of the power plants in 2011.
Aside from Iligan City, the MPC plant also provides power to other key cities in Mindanao, namely; General Santos, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Butuan, and Bayugan and several municipalities.
Apart from the MPC plant, Alsons Power Group controls and operates two other diesel plants in Mindanao the 100 MW Western Mindanao Power Corporation plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City and the Southern Philippines Power Corporation 55 MW plant in Alabel, Sarangani Province.
ACR is also developing two coal-fired power facilities to help provide a stable source of base load power for Mindanao and ensure long-term power security for the island. These facilities are the 105 MW San Ramon Power, Inc. plant in Zamboanga City and the 210 MW Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) plant in Maasim, Sarangani.
The first 105 MW phase of the SEC plant is currently under construction and will begin operating in 2015.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 27, 2013.