DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has assured Dabawenyos will no longer suffer from rotational brownouts as the Therma South Inc. coal fired power plant starts its full commercial operation starting today, September 18.
Duterte in the media interview after his keynote speech at the opening program of the 1st Negosyo sa Bayan Entrepreneurship Support and Developmental Training held at Royal Mandaya Hotel last Wednesday said officials of AboitizPower told him that the power provided by the plant is set to stabilize power supply in the city.
"Gipasaligan ko nila na wala natay rotational brownout ug ang atong power supply steady na (They assured me that we won't have rotational brownout and our power would be stable)," Duterte said.
He said that power interruptions will not be a problem anymore and businesses in the city can operate 24 hours a day.
"Ang services walay delay so you can manufacture 24 hours a day if your machines can do it," Duterte said.
Duterte hopes that bridging this power problem would attract more investors to come in Davao.
As for the fear that the power bills would be increased due to this development, Duterte said that it won’t be a problem as it would be regulated.
He also said that their supply would also include other areas in Mindanao.
"Ilang ingon atleast sigurado ta, but that power will be distributed throughout Mindanao" Duterte said.
Based on reports the power plant will supply power to Davao Light Power Co., Cotabato Light franchise areas and the electric cooperatives of the cities of Butuan, General Santos, Mati, Tagum, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Surigao, Sarangani, parts of Bukidnon, parts of Misamis and parts of Zamboanga peninsula, among others.
The TSI Unit 1's generating capacity is 150MW, 120 MW of which is contracted capacity while the remaining 30 MW will be used for the plant's own operation.
TSI is a 300MW power plant composed of two units with a generating capacity of 150MW each.
Meanwhile, the second 150-MW unit is scheduled for commercial operations in early 2016. (With reports from ASP)