Mindanao will be better off than Luzon in 2015, with the start of operation of three new coal-fired powered plants and a hydro-power plant.
The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) said the new power sources can generate a total of about 580 Megawatts (MW).
While Luzon braces for a precarious power situation next year, Mindanao will be starting to generate enough power for its needs, said Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda), during the Mindanao Power Stakeholders Dialogue held recently in Davao City.
In a report on the power situation in Mindanao presented during the dialog, MPMC identified the new power sources as the AboitizPower/Therma South 300MW Coal-fired Energy Project in Barangay Binugao, Toril, Davao City and Barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Sarangani Energy Corporation’s 200MW Southern Mindanao Coal-fired Power Station in Maasim, Sarangani; the 30MW Puyo Hydroelectric Power Project of the First Gen Mindanao Hydropower Corp. in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte and the 300MW SMC Davao Power Plant Project of San Miguel Consolidated Power Corporation in Malita, Davao del Sur.
The completion of the power projects in 2015, would generate excess power for Mindanao for the first time since 2009, said the MPMC.