THE first 150-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), is set to begin commercial operation next week.
Antonio Moraza, AboitizPower president and chief operating officer, said they have already been testing the coal-fired power plant.
“The commercial operation will be sometime next week. We have been testing,” Moraza said.
Moraza said that the power interruption in Mindanao also affected the testing of the plant.
“Steag State Power Inc. (STEAG) was down and then Mt. Apo was down and then, when that was happening during the commissioning, we also came down for a day or two,” he added.
The power plant incurred damage due to an unexpected Mindanao-wide power outage last April 5 that was caused by a problem at the Agus complex, one of two government-run hydroelectric complexes, the other being the Pulangi complex.
Mindanao has prevailing tight power supply due to the limited capacity of its two main hydropower sources.
TSI is building two 150-MW units as part of a planned 645-MW power facility which is located at the boundary of Davao City and Davao del Sur Province. The second 150-MW unit is scheduled for commissioning in February or March next year.
TSI’s initial 300-MW capacity has been contracted to about 20 electric cooperatives and three power distributors in Mindanao, two of which are AboitizPower subsidiaries in the cities of Davao and Cotabato.
The full 645-MW capacity is expected to be completed in 2018.