Full power back by May 8

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Monday, May 5, 2014


STEAG State power Inc. (SPI) has assured that electricity in Cagayan de Oro City will be fully restored as one of its generators carrying 105-megawatts of power would be back online on or before May 8.

Earlier, SPI went offline as its turbine generators broke in February this year affecting the city’s power supply and resulted in rotational blackouts now entering its second week.

Power consumers in Mindanao may soon be relieved from the four-hour rotational brownout, but it does not guarantee of making the city power-outage free considering that the island is confronted with low power supply as the demand has been getting high.

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SPI operates a coal-fired power plant located at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

Jerome Soldevilla, SPI communications head, said that the company assured that on or before May 8, Thursday, the Unit 2 turbine generator will work.

“As of now, we need ample time to check and re-check the turbine generator for the continuity of its operation,” he furthered.

He said that there are two identical turbine generators, each bringing a net capacity of 105 MW each, which will be added to the island’s grid to help ease the power problem in Mindanao.

One turbine is expected to be operational on May 8 while the other should be fully working on June 1 this year.

From three hours, the power outage has gone up to four hours from May 1 to 6, a notice from Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) read.

Cepalco, in a statement, said the scheduled power interruption was imposed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

“[SPI] defers the scheduled synchronization of one of its electric generating sets originally planned on May 4, 2014. Unfortunately, the last time we checked, the turbine generators are still not ready. But rest assured, when it operates back, it’ll bring 110% restoration of power in the whole island,” Soldevilla said.

In an e-mailed statement sent to this paper on Friday, SPI plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers said that while the repairs and restoration works of Unit 2 is substantially completed, the company needs more time to ensure that the unit is in excellent condition prior to commissioning and synchronization to the Mindanao grid.

“We apologize for this delay and rest assured that we are doing everything we can to bring the units back to the grid,” Evers said.

“SPI is coordinating closely with the Department of Energy (DOE) and other stakeholders in the Mindanao power industry to help improve the power supply condition in the island,” SPI said in its statement.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 05, 2014.

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