Mindanao power barges now running 24/7

Subscribe Now March 19, 2013 at 09:59pm

Originally aimed as back-up power generation plants, the power barges of Therma Marine are now operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week with rising demand for power coupled with thinning power supply in Mindanao. Therma Marine, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power has two power barges moored off Nasipit in Agusan del Sur and in Maco in Compostela Valley- the two barges produce about 200 Mega Watts for the Mindanao Grid.

About 23 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities are recipients of these power supplied by the barges which complements the production coming from the hydro-electric plants of the National Power Corporation (NPC). However the summer months is expected to affect the water level of Lake Lanao snd the power output of the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex.

With not enough power to meet the needs of Mindanao, cooperatives have turned to Therma Marine to lessen the power curtailments and shorten the length of blackouts.

“We are now running like a baseload power plant,” Jovy Batiquin,Chief Operating Officer of Therma Marine said in a statement.

Batiquin said that the extended running hours pose a big challenge to the power barges particularly to its manpower as well as the maintenance and spare parts of the plant.

“We have been on our toes since 2010 and we expect to work doubly hard this year and next year until major power plants come in by 2015,” Batiquin said in a statement. (PIA/RG Alama)

Source: pia.gov.ph

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