Big Davao coal plant to start operations

by Alena Mae S. Flores – December 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm

from Manila Standard

Aboitiz Power Corp. is set to start full commercial operations of its second 150-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Davao City, bringing the project’s total capacity to 300 MW in January.

“Both units are now running. Commercial [operations] may be third week of January,” Aboitiz Power president and chief operating officer Antonio Moraza said.

Unit 2 suffered delays due to the technical problems arising from the seven-hour systemwide blackout in Mindanao on April 5.

Aboitiz Power earlier said the system-wide blackout damaged Therma South’s equipment which resulted in the delay of commercial operations of unit 2 of the coal project by 10 months.

“Initial findings show that the disruption unfortunately caused damage to the auxiliary components to the boiler of unit 2. Affected areas and components include air-preheater as well as the electrostatic precipitator, which part of the power plant’s pollution control system,” Aboitiz Power said in a statement earlier.

Aboitiz Power said the damage would delay the commercial operations of unit 2 by 10 months.

Aboitiz Power declared full commercial operations of the first 150-MW unit of the Therma South Energy coal power project in September.

The power plant started to deliver power to its more than 20 customers, including electric cooperatives and distribution utilities all over Mindanao on Sept.18.

“We have informed our customers and our stakeholders that we are now officially in commercial operations and supplying Mindanao with reliable and cost-effective baseload power,” Therma South Inc. president and chief operating officer Benjamin Cariaso, Jr. said earlier.

“We are here not only to help Mindanao solve the current power crisis. The Aboitiz group is committed to helping Mindanao sustain its economic growth and fulfill its potential,” Cariaso said.

The power plant started construction in 2012 and, at its peak, employed more than 4,500 workers, mostly from its host communities. It is the first major power plant added to the Mindanao grid since 2006.

The power plant also features the first “coal dome” in Southeast Asia – a modern coal storage facility that will ensure security of the fuel and safety and well-being of the surrounding areas.

The power plants utilize circulating fluidized bed technology to ensure it meets government standards on health, safety and protection of the environment while operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner.