• Aboitiz Therma to open 150-MW power plant

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    THERMA South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of AboitizPower, is set to commission the first of two 150-megawatt units of its Davao coal-fired power plant this week.

    This comes after TSI completed the synchronization of the newly built 300-MW thermal power plant with the Mindanao grid.

    “We are happy to announce that our customers can now start receiving power from Therma South by April on a scaled basis,” Therma South president and chief operating officer Benjamin Cariaso, Jr. said.

    “With its steam blowing operations for the first of two 150-MW turbines completed, the power plant is expected to start its reliability run in the first week of April,” the company earlier said.

    During the tests the power plant, located in southern Davao City, can deliver power to the grid which can be availed of by customers of Therma South.

    The second 150-MW unit is also on track to meet its scheduled commercial operation timeline.

    “The timing could not have been better as the coming summer months are expected to affect the power output of Mindanao’s hydro power plants,” Cariaso said.

    More than 20 distribution utilities and electric cooperatives have signed up to receive capacity from Therma South.

    The company earlier announced it would expand the power plant’s capacity to 645 MW.

    AboitizPower is the holding company of the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services.

    It is a major producer of renewable energy through its Cleanergy brand, with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio aside from thermal plants located across the country.

    The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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