MisOr coal-fired power plant back on full operations

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Friday, May 30, 2014


AFTER more than a month of rotating power outages in the city, Steag State Power Inc. (SPI) is optimistic that power supply in Mindanao is expected to improve following the full operations of its 210 megawatt (MW) as Steag’s Unit 1 with a generating output of 105 MW has been back on line to the Mindanao grid around 3:28 p.m. on Friday.

Steag’s Unit 1 has been up ahead of its June 1 scheduled target. The power plant is composed of two identical electrical generating sets with a net capacity of 105MW each.

The two units underwent repairs and maintenance since February 27, 2014 when both bogged down. However, Unit 2 went on line May 7, 2014.

“We are pleased to announce that Unit 1 has resumed operations and we hope that this added capacity will help improve the critical power supply condition of Mindanao” SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers said in a statement sent to this paper Friday afternoon.

SPI is one of the major power producers in Mindanao. Since the start of its operations in November 2006, it has delivered more than 10 billion kWh of power to the grid representing about 18 percent of the island’s electricity supply.

Recently, the city has only been experiencing minimal power outages.
Although Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) has been sending out power outages schedule, these were not observed as only pockets of brownout have been occurring.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) which is “the highway transmission of the available power” imposed curtailment to the different power distribution utilities like Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) that started in April of this year.

As for the power situation outlook in the NGCP’s website updated as of 4:00PM of May 30, 2014, there is no gross reserve.

Jerome Soldevilla, SPI communications officer, told this paper by phone that the Mindanao grid has a required 21 percent gross reserve of the peak demand.

“There is no back-up eh, which is dapat naa. As of now, it is really critical because there is no reserve,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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