OFFICIAL: Mindanao’s power needs to hit 10,200 MW by ‘40

 WITH THE growing demand in the Mindanao grid, the island is projected to require additional 10,200 megawatts by 2040, data from Department of Energy (DOE) bared.

 Data from DOE showed that by over two decades from now, there should be an additional 6,300 MW of baseload plants, 3,200 MW of mid-priced plants and 700 MW of peaking plants. This is to meet the increasing power demand in the island.

 The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee projected that the island’s energy demand is expected to grow by an average of 12% a year.

 At present, Energy Assistant Secretary Redentor E. Delola said the island is experiencing an energy surplus with installed capacity of 3,141 MW against the peak demand of 1,707 MW. He said the average available capacity this year was 2,097 in the grid.

 The installed capacity in the island, he said, is expected to further grow once the power projects would be connected to the grid and commence operations.

 As of Aug. 31, Delola said there are committed power projects with combined capacity of 1,289 MW and indicative projects that totaled to 2,567 MW. Bulk of the indicative projects, for instance, were renewable energy at 1,279 MW.

 “In order to address the excess supply generation in Mindanao, the DOE came up with sustainable solution through establishing a venue for efficient scheduling, dispatch and settlement of energy withdrawal injections in the Mindanao grid,” Delola said.

 This, he said, was the establishment of wholesale electricity spot market, which is now on trial operation. The Energy Regulatory Commission has also staged public hearings for the price determination methodology of the market.

 “We hope to have everything to be running already by December or first quarter of next year,” Delola said.

 Meanwhile in with the increasing supply in the grid, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is establishing transmission backbone in the island, which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

 The Mindanao 230-kilovolt transmission backbone project is aimed to address the projected addition of bulk power generation in the area through strengthening the existing capacity of Matanao-Toril-Bunawan and Balo-i-Maramag-Bunawan transmission lines.

 “With the completion of the project, large generating plants such as GN Power and San Miguel Corp. will be able to connect to the grid, mitigating the once known vulnerabilities of hydropower and maximizing the generating capability of incoming plants,” NGCP said in a statement.

 “This means that we can maintain the quality and reliability of power which Mindanaoans will be able to enjoy. We are excited for the projects lined up for Mindanao as this will create a solid energy corridor in the island,” NGCP added.

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