• Mindanao power supply stable now – NGCP

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    COTABATO CITY: Power supply in Mindanao has been restored after two power generators in Misamis Oriental completed its rehabilitation and repair, officials said.

    Jerome Soldevilla of STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) said a total of 105 MW of power generated from a coal-fired power plant were restored to the Mindanao grid following the completion of preventive maintenance of its first unit in Misamis Oriental.

    Milfrance Capulong, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP-Mindanao) communications officer, said the Mindanao Grid now has a reserve of 112 megawatts (as of March 5) as the first unit of the STEAG coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental went online last March 2.

    ”Power supply will improve further once the second unit of STEAG which produces another 105 megawatts will go on line next week,” Capulong said in a phone interview Friday.

    The first unit of coal plant of STEAG underwent preventive maintenance last Feb 19 and restored on March 2 while the second unit the second was shut down on Feb. 21 and expected to be completed on March 16.

    According to Capulong, the average daily power demand of Mindanao is 1,300 megawatts but the available supply was 1,423 as of March 5 or an excess of 123 megawatts.

    According to Soldevilla, maintenance works for SPI’s Unit 2 is in full swing and on track and without any complications, it will resume operations by March 16 or earlier.

    In a statement, Soldevilla said SPI, owned by a German company STEAG, said that since the start of its operations in 2006, it already delivered more than 11.5 billion Kwh of electricity representing about a fifth of Mindanao’s total power supply.

    ”It’s a welcome news for us here,” said Vincent Baguio, spokesperson of the North Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco). “It means lesser or no power outages at all in our service area,” he added.

    Following the Feb. 19 preventive maintenance of STEAG coal-fired plant, Cotelco implemented power rationing or an hour or two brownout per day to its member-consumers, Baguio said. PNA

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