by Alena Mae S. Flores – February 01, 2016 at 11:45 pm
from Manila Standard
Therma South Inc., a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., has declared the second unit of its 300-megawatt Davao coal-fired power plant in commercial operations starting today.
Aboitiz Power said in a statement the second unit would add another 150 MW to the Mindanao grid and augment power supply during the dry months.
Therma South’s second unit has been undergoing testing and commissioning for the past several months.
It suffered delays due to some technical issues but still managed to deliver to customers at discounted rates.
The company earlier declared commercial operations on its first 150-MW unit on September 18, 2015, allowing customers to receive 50 percent of their contracted supply.
The coal power plant is situated in Barangay Binugao, Toril District, Davao City and Barangay Inayawan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. President Benigno Aquino III led the ceremonial inauguration of the 300-MW power plant on January 8.
“The commercial operations of the Unit 2 could not have come at a better time as Mindanao suffers from power supply problems brought about by El Niño. TSI will provide much needed baseload power for our customers, hopefully contributing to the long term solution of the Mindanao power problem,” Therma South president and chief operating officer Sebastian Lacson said.
Aboitiz Power said by declaring full commercial operations of the two units, Therma South’s customers comprising of 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in the Mindanao region could now receive their full contracted capacity.
The power plant supplies a significant portion of the supply to the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Gen. Santos, Zamboanga, Butuan, Kidapawan, Tagum, Koronadal, Digos, Pagadian and Cotabato.
It also supplies power to the provinces of Davao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan, Surigao and Zamboanga provinces, and parts of Bukidnon and Misamis.
Aboitiz Power is the holding company of the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services.
It owns a diversified power portfolio that includes hydroelectric, geothermal, coal and solar projects.
The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Aboitiz Power is also expanding its overseas projects in Indonesia to include a 127-megawatt hydro power station with two joint venture partners.
Aboitiz Power in 2015 signed an agreement with SN Power AS and PT Energi Infranusantara to participate in the feasibility studies for the exploration and development of a potential 127-MW hydropower generation project along the Lariang River in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
PT Auriga Energi, the project company that received the basic license to develop the project, is conducting pre-feasibility studies.
“It’s a good opportunity. Indonesia has large demand for energy. Because the country is so big they have many possible sites for hydro,” Aboitiz Power president and chief operating officer Antonio Moraza said.
Aboitiz Power recently announced it formed a joint venture to build a 110-MW greenfield geothermal power plant in East Java province in Indonesia.
Aboitiz Power said wholly-owned Singapore-based subsidiary Aboitiz Power International Pte. Ltd. signed an agreement with PT Medco Power Indonesia to participate in the exploration and development of a potential 110-MW plant.