NPC connects coal-fired power plant to Mindanao grid
Cagayan de Oro City (13 December) -- THE 210-MW (net) Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant Project at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental is now connected to the Mindanao grid.
This came after the recent completion and subsequent electrification of the six-kilometer 138kV transmission line connecting the project to the grid system through the TRANSCO substation in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Dr. Donald Lane, Head of Power Plant Management of STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), said the "the successful completion of the transmission line and its connection to the grid marks a significant step in the construction of Mindanao's first-ever Coal-Fired Power Plant".
He also expressed SPI's gratitude to the National Power Corporation and to TRANSCO for their technical support and coordination in achieving this important project event.
Considered the biggest single investment in Northern Mindanao in the past 10 years, the US$305million Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant is now 75% complete.
Once fully operational in December 2006, the power plant will supply additional electricity to Mindanao representing about 15% of the island's total power requirement.
Since construction began in 2003, more than 2,500 local jobs were created resulting in increased economic activities in the area.
Apart from the employment generation, SPI has likewise been implementing numerous community development and environmental protection programs aimed at improving quality of lives of the people living within the vicinity of the power plant project. (STEAG via PIA-10) [top]