Inauguration set for power plant

THE Aboitiz Power Corp. (APC) will finally inaugurate on January 8 its 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant built in the boundaries of the city and Davao del Sur.

“This power plant is one of the critical projects needed to finally solve the long-term perennial Mindanao power shortage,” APC said in a statement.

The Aboitiz-led company invited President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and representatives from Departments of Energy and Environment and Natural Resources and other government officials to join in the inauguration ceremony.

The coal plant, which is operated by APC’s subsidiary Therma South Inc. (TSI), is servicing to about 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in the island. Its sister company Davao Light and Power Co., for instance, was able to contract 100 MW.

On Sept. 18, the first of the two units of TSI’s coal plant, which has a capacity of 150 MW, has begun to have its full commercial operations.

“We are proud to report that Southeast Asia’s first ‘coal dome’ is now officially supplying Mindanao with reliable and cost-effective base load power utilizing the circulating fluidized bed technology to ensure security of the fuel and safety and well-being of the surrounding areas,” said Jaime J. Aboitiz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Aboitiz Power Distribution Group.

The project, Aboitiz said, is part of their goal to increase the company’s portfolio to 4,000 MW by 2019.

TSI coal plant in between Binugao in Davao City and Inawayan in Davao del Sur will also be expanded with additional 345 MW. This means that its total capacity soon would reach to 645 MW.

The company’s planned expansion is expected to add up on the Mindanao grid by 2017 and 2018.

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