NGCP energizes power lines for MSU

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) energized on June 3 the transmission lines providing power to the Mindanao State University (MSU), despite the ongoing gunfire in Marawi City.

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The said transmission facility tripped last May 23 when the clashes bewtween the Maute terror group and government troops in Marawi City erupted.

NGCP personnel began inspecting the line as soon as a clearance was given by the AFP.

The line crew continued with inspections and repairs while gunfire was heard coming from the peripheral areas of the compound. “We decided to go and proceed with the repair with three line crews, in order to give a ray of hope to the lone government university in Marawi City, the MSU,” the team leader of NGCP’s restoration group for Marawi said.

“We are very proud of our team. The bravery demonstrated by the substation crew, who have not left their posts since the hostilities started, despite the risk to themselves, is truly laudable. We also commend our line crew who conducted repairs amidst audible gunfire.”

The NGCP also expressed its appreciation to the AFP for providing security while the line patrol was doing repairs, and for providing security in transporting supplies being to NGCP personnel on duty in the area.

The company also assures the public that it is ready to conduct similar repair and restoration to ensure that power delivery service is continuous to its customers and household consumers. (NGCP/PIA-10)


Bukidnon hydro project marks 3.7-million safety milestone

The ongoing construction of the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project of Hedcor in Bukidnon Province reached on 16 October 3.7 million man-hours with no time lost on incidents resulting in injuries on personnel.


Hedcor’s president and COO Rene Ronquillo said, “A safe working environment can only be achieved if there is a collective effort from our team. And, this is now the result. Our team has shown a strong regard to our commitments to health, environment, and safety.


AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor considers the development as a major achievement, considering that the project site covers 74 hectares and involves a workforce of about 2,000.


Ronquillo said the project is now 63-percent complete.


The first of the two cascading run-of-river hydropower plants is contracted to JV Angeles Construction while work for the second power plant is conducted by Sta Clara International Corporation.


Hedcor commenced the construction in May 2015. The hydropower generation facility is expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2017.


The 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon will provide additional clean and renewable energy to the Mindanao grid. Recently, Mindanao cooperatives like Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative and Siargao Electric Cooperative signed renewable energy supply agreements with Hedcor.


Hedcor is a socially and environmentally responsible company. It complies with global standards on environment protection and safety as a company that is certified under ISO 9001 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System, ISO 27001 for Information Security Management System and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety.(Lloyd Revilla/HEDCOR)


President Duterte to China: ‘Time to talk’

President Rodrigo Duterte says we cannot wage war against China this time, we talk first.


During his speech in the ceremonial switch on of 405MW circulating fluidized bed coal thermal plant of Filinvest Development Corporation, Misamis Power Corporation on 22 September 2016 in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental, he acknowledged the long history of Filipino-Chinese business relationship.


He said there had been a lot of contributions of the Chinese community in our country and even tracing back to his Chinese roots.


He emphasized we cannot wage war but said that one of the things he would demand if he goes to Mainland China is give us back our fishing rights.


“And there will be a time, there is always a time in this world: the time to talk, a time to war, a time for bloody, a time to be purified.” But he said it’s not the time because we cannot depend on anybody except us.


Despite having won the maritime dispute against China, Duterte said we still talk. It’s business. They are helping us now with this new power plant and just imagine if we can get their help in the years to come, he said.


He said this new coal power plant will really alleviate problem on electricity including the Zamboanga peninsula.


This time, power supply will be stable through this additional coal power plant but in the future through fast development especially in Mindanao, the country will have something like a solar or better technology but not expensive.


However, he said the goal right now is to use coal because it’s cheap and available although it is maybe deleterious to the whole of the climate of planet earth.


Meanwhile, the power plant is a multi-billion peso investment by FDC Misamis that will use the latest clean coal technology: the circulating fluidized bed boiler technology. Considered as the cleanest process to burning coal, the technology removes more than 95% of sulphur emissions. (JMOR/PIA10)

NGCP readies contingency plan for election

To ensure a clean and safe election, the Philippine National Grid Corporation (NGCP) is prepping up measures to prevent shortage of power during the May 2016 polls.


NGCP Head for the Regional Communications Division Nelson S. Bautista presented the contingency plan to the media, together with other key agency partners on 28 April 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City.


Bautista said the Mindanao’s current -13MW gross reserve (the difference between the available capacity and the actual demand) can be bridged, especially on the height of the elections, by tapping the embedded power plants which are expected to contribute to about 216 MW.


NGCP will also harness the cooperation of the establishments with relatively large stand-by generators in their buildings or plants to use it during the polls, to be able to augment the generation capacity in the grid through the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).


Repair and preventive maintenance of the existing plants were also initiated while Mindanao is waiting for additional capacities this year, such as committed projects in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental in June 2016 and the San Miguel Power Corporation coal fire plant in Malaybalay in July 2016. (Gerson R. Nob/JCV/PIA-10)


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Energy firm boosts up Mindanao power supply

Mindanao’s power supply is expected to improve as STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) restores full operation of its power generating Unit 2 back to the Mindanao grid.


SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers said the unit was synchronized to the Mindanao grid at around 1:00 p.m. on 11 August 2015, five days earlier than schedule.

SPI’s 210 MW (net) coal-fired power plant at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental is composed of two identical units, each has a power generating capacity of 105MW. Unit 2 went off-line last 18 July 2015 for a scheduled preventive maintenance.

Dr. Evers explained that preventive maintenance activities have to be carried out as part of the company’s continuing commitment to ensure quality and long-term plant performance.

“Periodic preventive maintenance of our units is an important and necessary strategy to ensure that we have efficient and reliable plant operation. The goal is to provide Mindanao with a more sustained and stable electric power supply in the long-run,” Dr. Evers said.

He further said, “We are happy to note that the maintenance activities were carried out smoothly as planned and even restore the unit back to the grid way ahead of schedule.

Meanwhile, SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich said the restoration of the power plant’s full capacity is expected to help improve the volatile power supply condition in Mindanao.

“With the full operation of SPI’s power plant, we anticipate improvements in the power supply condition of Mindanao and ease-up power shortages in some parts of the island” Dr. Goerlich said.

He said SPI remains committed to help secure for Mindanao a reliable source of electric power necessary to propel its economic growth and progress.

Earlier reports indicate that the Mindanao grid was on red alert status with a power reserve deficiency of more than 165 MW based on the island’s estimated system’s peak demand of nearly 1,300 MW. (SPI)

Energy committee in CDO tackles rotating brownout

“Dili na makaya sa system sa generators of power supply mao nang maka experience kita og rotating brownout.”

This was stressed by Engr. Dennis Taal of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) during the meeting of the City Council committee on energy chaired by Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. yesterday.

The committee conducted an inquiry on the real power situation and the continuing rotating brownouts in the city and the province of Misamis Oriental due to the implementation of power supply curtailments.

During the discussion, Engr. Taal said the total generation capacity of the power supply is 1,249 megawatts but the expected total demand is 1,368, which has a difference of about 120 megawatts.

He said the power supply is not enough because some of the machines are not functional.

Engr. Taal said the demand of power supply is higher than the generation capacity of the NGCP that is why rotating brownouts is being implemented. The interruption depends on the availability of supply, he added.

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Scheduling of brownout

Representatives of the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) briefed the committee on how the power supply is allocated to the consumers and how the number of hours are determined.

According to Cepalco’s Engr. Leon Maghamil, they created group of feeders with corresponding number of hours for the basis of whatever the NGCP requested for the reduction of demands.

Ralph Paguio, senior vice president of the local power firm, said the groupings are arranged for equitability. It means that groupings are created alternately, he said.

He said it can be noticed that after several days the schedule of brownout changes.

“A schedule could be basically a guide only, kay kung ma improve ang supply minusan man namo ang number of hours sa brownout but the reverse can also happen,” Paguio stressed.

Paguio said if Cepalco will not follow the request of the NGCP, the system will collapse.

Councilor Lao thanked representatives of the NGCP, Cepalco and MORESCO for attending the meeting to enlighten the public on the real power situation in the city. (JBD/CdeOSP)

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Hydro power project in Bukidnon breaks ground

The 68.8 megawatt (MW) Manolo Fortich Hydroelectric Power Plant Project in Bukidnon signals start of construction during a ground breaking ceremony on April 22, 2015 at Brgy. Maluko, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

This project is seen to generate about 68.8MW of clean and renewable energy for Mindanao.

Developer and operator of this run-of-river hydropower systems, Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Inc., is geared to help local community particularly the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), provide jobs and protect the environment.

“This project will succeed because we will take care of the community and the environment before we can make any money,” says Hedcor President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Rene B. Ronquillo.

Further, this project will be the province’s first hydro-powered energy source, harnessing the Tanaon, Amusig, and Guihean rivers.

It is designed for two cascading plants. The first plant, Manolo Fortich Hydro 1 will have an installed capacity of 43.4MW while, the second plant, Manolo Fortich Hyrdo 2 will have an installed capacity of 25.4MW.

One purpose of the project is to support local residents and the IP, especially the Higaonon Indigenous Community.

The project will open road which can aid communities to transport local produce. Another benefit will include preference employment for qualified locals to operate and maintain the plants. The project’s weir site can also provide for communities’ irrigation and watering livestock.

In addition to benefiting the lives of the IP and members of the local community, this run-of-river project will not result to fatal environmental impacts but will diversify the use of available natural resources.

According to Marissa Cerezo, Renewable Energy Management Bureau Assistant Director of the Department of Energy, “It’s important to gather first your resources and identify what you have.”

During the groundbreaking, local communities and Hedcor signed their commitments as well as the symbolic first shoveling of the soil. One highlight was the burying of a time capsule comprised of the dreams of Higaonon children.

With Hedcor’s vision to generate two billion KWh by 2020, construction of the plants will commence in the second quarter of 2015. (Jose Angelo Lorenzo S. Gomos/JMOR/PIA10)68.8MW hydropower plant groundbreaking2-20150423-111738-20150423-132657