The scheduled total shut down next year of the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex will not be a reason for a power crisis in Mindanao.
The power complex, a major supplier for Mindanao, will be closed for full rehabilitation and upgrading.
Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director of investment promotions and public affairs, assured the shutdown would not trigger a power crisis.
The shutdown of the Agus-Pulangi would be implemented after some of the new power generators would be in operation, Montenegro said in a press conference in Davao City.
Earlier, Montenegro identified the new power plants, with a combined capacity of 580MW, 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.