7 new coal-fired power plants to stabilize Minda power needs

WITH the entry of some seven new coal-fired power plants in Mindanao, it assures the stability of the power need of the island in 2016.

Maximo Adiong, head of network operations divisions of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), admitted that the Mindanao grid still has unstable power supply, but next year, it will be "excessive."

He said the full-blast operation of Sarangani Coal Phase 1(100MW), Malita Coal Phase 1 (150MW), Therma South Unit 2 (150MW), FDC-Misamis Coal Unit 1 (135 MW), FDC-Misamis Coal Unit 2 (135 MW), Malita Coal Phase 2 (150 MW), and FDC-Misamis Coal Unit 3 (135 MW).

"Pero karon, wala pa gyud, kulang pa kaayo ang supply, balik na pud gani ang blackouts sa Cagayan de Oro," he said.

Adiong cited the recent tripping off of the Therma South Inc., (TSI) which causes the power interruptions in the city.

"By Monday, we hope na ma-okay na but we cannot assure you 100 percent," Adiong said adding that the El Niño is also a big factor in the stability of the power supply.

The Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) issued another set of five-hours brownout in the city on December 5-10 which will affect barangays Carmen, Kauswagan, Camaman-an, and Macasandig.

Also affected are Pueblo, Tagoloan, Baloy, and Villa feeders
Meanwhile, the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) brought members of the media at the heart of the power generation in Mindanao on Friday for a ‘real time’ exposure of Mindanao’s power situation.

“Media kasi play an important role in proper information dissemination especially with the Mindanao power situation,” Bryan Diosma said.

Since the media is the instrument for public’s awareness, Diosma said reporting power should be guided well in the complexities of its operations.

Diosma added the purpose is not just to understand the dynamics of power plants, but to appreciate them.

The media group visited NGCP and Agus and Pulangi complexes and were exposed how hydroelectric power plants work.

"We want them to understand and appreciate this development, to fully understand what is beyond the power plants, how the operation works," Diosma said adding the activity is done annually, which always involve the media.

"We plan to expand sunod, na dili lang Davao and Cagayan-based media ang maka-apil but also all other cities," Diosma disclosed.
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