MPMC proposes to improve Agus 6 hydro plant

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The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) has filed a proposal to improve government-owned Agus 6 hydroelectric power plant to boost energy capacity in Mindanao.

MPMC is co-chaired by the Department of Energy and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). In a recent MPMC meeting, condition of the power plant in Mindanao is addressed, as power supply shortfall frequent the area.

Luwalhati Antonino, chairman of MinDA, said that “the uprating of Agus 6 Unit 4 is in addition to the Agus 6 Units 1 and 2 uprating” approved by National Economic and Development Authority last year.

“This proposal forms part of the immediate measures being pursued by the Aquino government to increase the dependable capacity of Mindanao power generation,” she said, adding that the proposal is still awaiting approval.

Antonino said that according to the National Power Corp., the proposed Unit 4 uprating is projected to add 15 megawatts (MW) on top of the present 35 MW.

The project is estimated to cost P495 million.

On the other hand, the Private Sector Assets and Liabilities Corp. (Psalm) told MPMC that it is finalizing the bidding schedule of the P2.6-billion uprating of Units 1 and 2, which is set to happen in the third quarter of the year.

The uprating of Units 1 and 2 would prolong their economic life and increase output from 50 MW to 69 MW.

“Among the measures being pushed under MPMC, enhancing the dependable capacity of Agus 6 provides the most viable option for optimizing Mindanao generation’s hydro capacities,” Antonino stressed.

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