• Mindanao power supply gets boost

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    THE power supply in Mindanao is expected to ease up as the two units of STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) have started operating at full capacity after undergoing maintenance work.

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    SPI President and Chief Executive Officer Bodo Goerlich said the preventive maintenance of its electric power generating Unit 1 has been successfully completed, days ahead of its self-imposed March 16 deadline.

    SPI’s Unit 1, which went off line for a planned preventive maintenance beginning February 21, was synchronized to the Mindanao grid on Thursday at around 12:25 p.m.

    Its Unit 2, which also went offline for preventive maintenance beginning February 19, was restored back to the grid on March 2 as scheduled.

    Goerlich expressed optimism that with the two units now operating at full capacity, Mindanao’s power supply condition will improve.

    “With our full capacity now made available, we expect the power supply condition in Mindanao to improve” Goerlich said in a statement on Friday.

    He explained that the timely conduct of the preventive maintenance and restoration of the units just in time for the onset of the summer months could provide a major relief to the volatile power supply condition of the island.

    “We are confident that with our units now back on line, Mindanao is more prepared to meet its electric supply needs especially during the summer months where demand usually is at its peak,” Goerlich added.

    SPI power plant manager Carsten Evers earlier explained that the preventive maintenance works need to be carried out periodically to sustain optimum efficiency and reliability of the electric generating units.

    The preventive maintenance schedule was also carefully planned and coordinated with key players in the power industry including the grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to minimize any adverse impact to the Mindanao grid.

    SPI’s power plant at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental is composed of two identical power generating units, each with a net generating output of 105 megawatts.

    Since start of its operations in November 2006, SPI has delivered more than 11.5 billion kilowatts (kWh) of electricity representing about a fifth of Mindanao’s total power supply.

    SPI is principally owned by the German company Steag GmbH with Aboitiz Power and La Filipina Uygongco Corporation as local partners.

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