AboitizPower subsidiary, Therma South, Inc. (TSI), has declared commercial operations starting today February 2, 2016 of the second unit of its Davao Baseload Power plant. Unit 2 will add another 150-MW (130-MW net) to the Mindanao grid.
TSI earlier declared commercial operations of its first 150-MW (130-MW net) unit last September 18, 2015, allowing customers to receive 50 percent of their contracted supply.
President Aquino led the ceremonial inauguration of the 300-MW power plant last 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,” TSI President and COO Sebastian R. Lacson said.
TSI’s Unit 2 has been undergoing testing and commissioning for the past several months and has, in fact, been delivering, on a non-committed basis, commissioning energy to its customers at discounted rates.
By declaring full commercial operations of the two units, TSI’s customers comprised of 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in the Mindanao region can now receive their full contracted capacity.
The power plant currently supplies a significant portion of the power supply to the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Gen. Santos, Zamboanga, Butuan, Kidapawan, Tagum, Koronadal, Digos, Pagadian, and Cotabato, among others.
It also supplies power to the Davao region, Cotabato provinces, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan provinces, Surigao provinces, Zamboanga provinces, parts of Bukidnon, and parts of Misamis.
AboitizPower is the holding company of the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail, and power services. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy in the Philippines, with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio, and also has fossil-fired power plants located across the country. The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (For more details, please visit www.aboitizpower.com.)
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