AboitizPower’s coal plant begins running ailing engine to ease Davao power woes

by Manuel CayonApril 17, 2016

from Business Mirror

DAVAO CITY—Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary firm of Aboitiz Power Group, said it started operating anew on Sunday its ailing Unit 1 of the two-engine coal plant here.

The announcement is expected to ease the worsening power shortage imposed on this city, and the Davao del Norte areas of Panabo City, Braullio Dujali and Carmen towns, all under the franchise of the Davao Light and Power Co. 

The TSI said in a statement on Sunday it has “completed the corrective works on its Unit 1 [130-megawatts (MW) net] ahead of its 14-day schedule.”

“The power plant synchronized with the grid at 0533H [5:33 a.m.] on Sunday. The power plant is now exporting energy to the grid,” it said.

It clarified though that “it will take several hours for Unit 1 to reach its full capacity.” “TSI’s Unit 2 [130-MW net] continues to be in normal operations,” it said.

The 300-MW coal plant outside downtown here became controversial for its perceived inability to ease the power shortage when it was launched in January and went on commercial operation in early February. It has already gone on one corrective maintenance shutdown in January, one preventive maintenance in February and two emergency shutdowns, all lasting more than one week.

The Mindanao Development Authority described the plant operation as “still in its infancy stage…taking baby steps.”