How DOE is addressing Mindanao power woes

Posted at 03/06/2014 4:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) is continuing to implement both short-term and long-term solutions to address the power shortage problem in Mindanao.

In a statement, DOE said it has added 128-megawatt in capacities to the region in partnership with energy stakeholders.

The new power capacities introduced include the 15-megawatt EEI Diesel Peaking Power Plant, 15-megawatt Mapalad Diesel Power Plant, and re-commissioning of the 98-megawatt Iligan Diesel Power Plant.

Agus 6 Power Plant Units 1 and 2 also entered rehabilitation and upgraded from 50 megawatts to 69 megawatts while infrastructure was developed along Balo-I plains in coordination with Department of Public Works and Highways to maximize the capacities of Agus 1 and 2.

DOE also initiated the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM), Interruptible Load Program (ILP) and the Modular Gensets Program, which serve as options for electric power providers and consumers to manage power requirements with the corresponding costs.

By 2015, DOE expects an additional 500 megawatts from the Coal-Fired Therma South Energy Project located in Davao del Sur and Southern Mindanao Coal-Fired in Sarangani.

The 405-megawatt Coal-Fired Power Plant of FDC Utilities Inc. in Misamis Oriental, meanwhile, is expected to come online by September 2016.

“It takes 2-4 years to build a new power plant. We in the energy sector realize that the problems that we face now require long-term solutions,” Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla earlier said, adding that “facilitating investors’ interest to bring in new capacities to meet the increasing demand is a priority not only in Mindanao but across the country.”

The DOE has also collaborated with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the completion of the Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection Project by 2018, which will allow shared capacities with the Luzon and Visayas grids, especially during supply shortfall.

Petilla also earlier warned that rotational power interruptions will continue in Mindanao until 2015.