AT least 300 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity will be added to the Mindanao grid early next year which should ease the chronic power shortages in the south.
The added capacity will come from the two-unit coal-fired power plant of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of the AboitizPower in Binugao, Toril, Davao City.
Antonio Moraza, AboitizPower president, said the power plant is set to be inaugurated on January 8, 2016.
“Both units are now running,” Moraza told reporters in a text message.
He said Unit 2 is set to go on full commercial operation by the third week of January next year.
Commercial operation means that the company has completed the testing and commissioning phase of the power facilities.
Wilfredo Rodolfo 3rd, AboitizPower corporate branding and communication manager, said Unit 1 went on full commercial operation, delivering contracted power to its customers, last September 18.
According to the company, 120 MW of the 150-MW generating capacity of TSI’s Unit 1 is contracted capacity while the remaining 30 MW will be used for the plant’s own operation.
AboitizPower said that the TSI power plant supplies power to more than 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities all over Mindanao.
The power facility is one of its critical projects built to help solve the long-term perennial power shortage in Mindanao.
Among the distribution utilities and electric cooperatives that signed up to receive capacity from TSI were the Davao Light Power Co. and Cotabato Light franchise areas as well as the electric cooperatives of the cities of Butuan, GenSan, Mati, Tagum, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Surigao, among others.
TSI president and chief operating officer Benjamin Cariaso Jr. said AboitizPower is committed to help Mindanao solve its current power crisis to sustain its economic growth and fulfill its potential.
It can be recalled that Davao City experienced some three to four hours of rotating brownouts implemented by Davao Light and Power Co. during the last quarter of this year. This was mainly because of the emergency shutdown of TSI Unit 1 on November 22.