Davao coal plant to be fast-tracked
DAVAO CITY July 6 (PIA) -- The 300-megawatt clean coal fired power plant by Aboitiz Power is now in its preparatory phase, with the company intent of fast-tracking the project to provide a solution to the looming Mindanao power crisis.
Bobby Orig, First Vice President for Mindanao Affairs of Aboitiz Power said they hope to deliver much-needed power to distribution utilities, electric cooperatives and other consumers in Mindanao by 2015 when the power plant is expected to be completed.
Estimated at P35 billion it is considered as the largest investment in Mindanao. This week Aboitiz Power through its subsidiary Therma South Incorporated has signed $546-million worth of contracts related to the construction of the plant. The site of the power facility is an 80-hectare land situated in the city of Davao and the municipality of Sta. Cruz.
Site preparation has already been started which could last for one year before construction of vertical infrastructures are started. Hundreds of workers from the host communities of Barangay Inawayan (Sta. Cruz) and Binugao (Davao City) has been utilized in the site preparation.
Aboitiz Power is setting up jobs fair within the communities to supply the manpower needs of the construction. It is estimated that the project will generate up to 2,000 direct and indirect jobs during the 3-year construction period of the plant.
A 200 hectare carbon sink has already been identified to be put up in Coronon Sta. Cruz, which will be planted with different species of trees.
These are one of the mitigating measure put up by Aboitiz Power to ensure that the project complies with environmental standards. The modern Circulating-Fluidized-bed technology used by the power plant utilizes lime to capture sulphur and nitrogen emission and turn them into solids in contrast to old coal power plants which allows sulphur and nitrogen to seep into the atmosphere as emissions. These lime wastes are then sold to cement factories which would be used for the production of cement.
Erramon Aboitiz President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Power said the company is committed in building the power project the soonest time possible."We have been an integral part of the Mindanao power sector since the 1930s, We will continue to invest in power generation projects to support the growth of Mindanao today." Aboitiz said.
As of Wednesday (July 4) total power curtailment in Mindanao reached 210 megawatt. It is estimated that Mindanao will have energy deficit of 484 megawatts of power by 2014 if no new plants is going to be built.
Currently the Davao power plant is the only power investment in Mindanao which has started construction. (PIA/RG Alama)
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