STEAG’s 2 coal-fired plants back in operation; no more blackouts? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2012 14:13

After a month of preventive maintenance, the coal-fired power plants owned by the STEAG State Power, Inc., (SPI) are now fully operational, boosting Mindanao’s power supply, said a power firm executive.

In a statement, Jerome Soldevilla, head of the communications department of the STEAG SPI, said the 210 megawatts (MW) available electricity from both plants had helped improve the region’s energy situation.

Both plants, each with 105 MW capacity, are located in Misamis Oriental.

Soldevilla claimed the power station was considered as the most modern and the biggest in Mindanao on a per unit capacity.

The first unit shut its power generation from Oct. 6 to Nov. 4, this year; the second was from Oct. 29 to Nov 10.

The second unit was back on time, 15 hours ahead of schedule, he said.

Soldevilla said that STEAG’s Unit 2, located in Villanueva town, was officially synchronized to the Mindanao grid at 8:58 a.m. Saturday.

Around 10 a.m., Saturday, the STEAG officially declared the 200 MW power is available on the grid.

“The precarious power supply condition in Mindanao is expected to substantially improve with the full capacity operation of STEAG’s power plant beginning today,” said Soldevilla.

He said that the preventive maintenance, as planned and scheduled, would bring long-term benefits for Mindanao power consumers in terms of operational reliability.

Data from the STEAG SPI showed that their power plants sustained an availability rate of 93.3 percent and a low unplanned outage rate of less than one percent.

Since November 2006, the plants had delivered more than 8.3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity to Mindanao, which represented about 20 percent of the island’s generation mix.