Coal power plant now 81% complete - DOE

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Monday, July 28, 2014


THE 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of AboitizPower, is already 81 percent complete as of June 2014, according to records released by the Department of Energy (DOE) Mindanao Field Office.

The P25-billion coal plant project is situated at the boundary of Binugao in Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur.

Based on the data released to Sun.Star Davao by Nilo J. Geroche, energy industry management division chief of DOE Mindanao, the target testing and commissioning for Unit 2 of the power complex is set in November 2014 and Unit 1 will be on January 2015.

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Testing and commissioning process does not mean that the plant will be on commercial operation already, but the plant may provide power to its contractors once in a while but not on whole capacity. The testing and commissioning of the plant will run around two to three months.

"We are looking forward to our commercial operations in the first half of 2015 and alleviate the severe power shortage in Mindanao," said Bobby M. Orig, First VP Aboitiz Power Corp., in an emailed statement on Monday.

The preparation works of the power plant started late 2011 after it received approval from the Davao City Council. Construction went into full swing in 2012.

The power plant will also feature a massive coal dome, a first of its kind in the Philippine, to secure and contain its coal supply. This is part of TSI's fulfillment of its environmental conditions set by the Department of Natural and Environment Resources.

Orig also said that the plant's capacity is now full contracted by more than 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities.

Some of the utilities that the plant will be providing electricity to are Davao Light and Power Corp., Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc., and Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative Inc., to name a few.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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