450MW from coal plants to power Mindanao grid

A TOTAL of 450 megawatts (MW) coming from coal-fired power plants are expected to power the Mindanao grid this year according to the April 2017 data of the Department of Energy on committed power projects in Mindanao.

Power plants that have targeted to start commercial operations this year are the 150MW SMC Davao Power Plant Project 2 of the San Miguel Consolidated (SMC) Power Corporation in Davao Occidental; the 135 MW FDC-Misamis Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) coal-fired power plant project unit 3 of FDC Utilities, Inc. in Misamis Occidental; and the 165 MW Balingasag Thermal Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion coal-fired power plant of the Minergy Corporation in Misamis Oriental.

Data from DOE showed that the 150MW SMC Davao Power Plant Project 2 and the 135 MW FDC-Misamis Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) coal-fired power plant project unit 3 have targeted to start commercial operations on May this year while the 165 MW Balingasag Thermal Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion coal-fired power plant is targeted to start commercial operations this month.

The Mindanao grid can also expect an additional 640 MW from coal fired power plants in 2018.

This will be coming from the 540MW GN Power Kauswagan Clean Coal-Fired Power Plant of the GN Power Kauswagan Ltd. Co. in Lanao del Norte and the 100MW Southern Mindanao Coal Fired Power Station of the Sarangani Energy Corporation in Sarangani.

Meanwhile, 96.2 MW of renewable energy (RE) from hydroelectric power plants are expected to power the Mindanao grid this year based on the target commercial operations of RE plants.

These are the 2.4MW New Bataan HEPP of Euro Hydro Power (Asia) Holdings, Inc. in Compostela Valley; 43.4 MW Manolo Fortich I of Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc. in Bukidnon; 25.4 MW Manolo Fortich 2 Compostela Valley; and the 25MW Lake Mainit HEPP of Agusan Power Corporation in Agusan del Norte.

Data also showed that in the next two years a total of 1,267.94MW from committed power projects are expected to power the Mindanao grid. Bulk of the power supply will be coming from coal-fired power plants at 1,090MW, followed by HEPPs at 134.2MW, oil-fired power plant at 29.54MW, and biomass power plants at 14.2MW.
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