• More brownouts in Mindanao this week

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    THE Department of Energy (DOE) is anticipating power interruptions in Mindanao this week.

    This, according to Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, is from the shutdown of another unit of the Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant in Misamis Oriental.

    But Petilla added the power outages will only result in one to two hours rotational brownouts.

    The Unit 2 of Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant operated by STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) started its shutdown on Saturday and will last until March 16 for maintenance work.

    Unit 1, which also shutdown on Thursday, did not affect power supply in the region. The maintenance work of Unit 1 will last until March 2.

    But with Unit 2’s outage, Petilla said another 105 megawatts (MW) will be shaved from the Mindanao grid.

    The plant has a combined net capacity of 210 MW.

    Petilla expressed belief that the power situation in Mindanao will improve by first week of March as Unit 1 will be back to normal operation.

    SPI Power Plant Manager Carsten Evers said the maintenance activities are part of the company’s commitment to ensure that the power plant is able to optimize its long-term operations.

    He also explained the maintenance schedule has been carefully planned and closely coordinated with the National Power Corporation, and approved by the grid operator, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

    “We have closely coordinated this schedule with our partners in the power industry in order to minimize any impact on the island’s volatile electric power supply condition” Evers said.

    At the same time, Evers assured the power plants will be back on the grid on time.

    “We hope to complete the maintenance activities as planned and within schedule and to bring the units back to the grid as soon as possible,” he added.

    SPI’s power plant is located at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental.

    The power plant is composed of two identical power generating units, each with a net generating output of 105 MW.

    Since start of the operations of its plants in November 2006, SPI has delivered more than 11.5 billion kilowatt per hour (kWh) of electricity to the Mindanao grid representing about a fifth of the island’s total power supply.

    SPI is principally owned by the German company Steag GmbH.

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