Steag power plant back to full capacity

by Lenie Lectura, 13 March 2015
from BusinessMirror

THE 210-megawatt (MW) Mindanao coal-fired power plant now runs at its full capacity, providing a major relief to the volatile power-supply condition in Mindanao.

“We are confident that, with our units now back on line, Mindanao is more prepared to meet its electric supply needs, especially during the summer months, where demand usually is at its peak,” said Steag State Power Inc. (SPI) President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich.

SPI owns and operates the power facility that went offline last month to give way for maintenance work. Unit 1, which went off line for a planned preventive maintenance on February 21, was synchronized to the Mindanao grid  on March 12.

Earlier, Unit 2, which also went offline for preventive maintenance on February 19, was restored to the grid on March 2 as scheduled.

Goerlich expressed optimism that, with the two units now operating at full capacity, Mindanao’s power-supply condition will improve.

The SPI official explained that the timely conduct of the preventive maintenance and restoration of the units are just in time for the onset of the summer months.

Earlier SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers had explained that the preventive maintenance works need to be carried out periodically to sustain optimum efficiency and reliability of the electric-generating units.

SPI’s power plant at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental is composed of two identical power-generating units,each with a net generating output of 105 MW.

Since the start of its operations in November 2006, SPI has delivered  more than 11.5 billion kilowatt-hour of electricity representing about a fifth of Mindanao’s total power supply.

SPI is principally owned by the German company Steag GmbH, with Aboitiz Power and La Filipina Uygongco Corp. as local partners.

Steag GmbH is a leader in advance coal-power generation technology, and is one of the pioneers in operating and maintaining a highly efficient and reliable coal-fired power plant in the country.