Aboitiz sees delay in 300-MW coal plant in Davao due to Mindanao blackout

by Maricel Burgonio, 15 April 2015
from Manila Bulletin

Aboitiz Power Corp. said the recent Mindanao blackout has disrupted the commissioning schedule of its 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Davao City, particularly the Unit 2 of Therma South Inc.’s (TSI).

This will delay the commercial operations of TSI Unit 2 by approximately 10 months or until February 2016.

In a statement, Aboitiz said the disruption caused damage to the auxiliary components to the boiler of Unit 2, specifically the airpreheater as well as the electrostatic precipitator, which is part of the power plant’s pollution control system.

TSI president and COO Benjie Cariaso Jr. said the status of Unit 2 will not affect the commissioning of Unit 1, which remains on schedule and should reach commercial operation by the end of June 2015.

“We will update all stakeholders of further developments. We remain committed to do everything we can to support Mindanao with its power needs,” Cariaso said.

TSI is currently conducting a more detailed assessment of the extent of the repairs needed and a full review to determine all contributing factors that led to the plant incident to ensure appropriate measures are taken.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 of the power plant have yet to be turned over to the company by its contractors.

Aboitiz said it is working with its contractors and suppliers to make the necessary repairs to resume the commissioning of Unit 2.

The repairs will be made as expeditiously as possible to shorten the time before both units operate commercially and start providing power to Mindanao.