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DOE notes reduction of oil-based power generation facilities in Mindanao

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (9 July) -- The Mindanao power sector has gradually veered away from dependency in imported oil-based power generation.

This was reported by Dr. Manuel L. Llaneza, Director of the Dept. of Energy- Mindanao Field Office (DOE-MFO) who said there was less utilization of the high priced oil-based products resulting in the reduction of the supply requirement for oil-based generation facilities in the island from 23% in 2006 to 19% in 2007.

Llaneza said the total power generated during both periods increased from 7,414 MW to 7,890 MW. However, the power generation mix from the hydroelectric plants (HEP) reduced from 60% to 50% while those from coal-fired plants (CFP) increased from 6% to 20% and those from the geo-thermal plants (GTP) and solar plants (SP) stayed at 11% and 0.02%, respectively.

Meanwhile, the power supply profile of Mindanao, last year, showed it had a rated capacity of 1,933 megawatts while its dependable capacity allows for a.065% safe power reserve in electric power of the island on a daily basis, have been placed at 1,682 MW.

Of the rated capacity, the HEP posted the biggest share of 998 MW or 52%, followed by OBP with 594 MW or 31%, CFP with 232MW or 12%, GTP with 108 MW or 6% and solar SP, one (1) MW or 0.1%.

As to the dependable capacity, the HEP also posted the biggest share of 902MW or 54%, followed by OBP with 478NW or 28%, CFP with 201 MW or 12%, GTP with 100 MW or 6% and SP, also with one (1) MW or 0.1%.

Llaneza said by 2014, the island's required capacity is expected to increase to 2,556 MW from 1,565MW in 2006 while its peak demand will also increase to 2,112 MW from last year's 1,293 MW.

The required capacity refers to the peak demand plus the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)-approved reserve margin above the peak demand of 21% or 2.8% load following the frequency regulation, 9.1% spinning reserve and another 9.1% back up.

To meet this power needs, a total of 850MW capacity additions is required from the following indicative projects: a 100MW peaking plant in 2009, a 100MW baseload power plant (BPP) in 2010, a 150 MW BPP each from 2011 to 2013 and another BPP with 200MW capacity in 2014, Llaneza added. (PIA 10) [top]

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