Duterte cites excess power generation in Mindanao


President Rodrigo Duterte hailed Friday, November 22, the huge improvement of the power supply in Mindanao.

This as he led the inauguration of the Phase 2 of the 105-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of the Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) and the launching of the 14.5-MW Siguil Hydropower Project in Maasim, Sarangani province.

“I am pleased to note that since June 2016, the power supply in Mindanao has greatly improved. From experiencing power deficiencies, which resulted in power interruptions in the past, it currently has excess power generation,” he said in a speech.

To date, the total installed capacity in Mindanao has reached 4,038 MW with dependable capacity of 3,486 MW, he said, noting that Mindanao’s 2019 peak demand is only at 2,013 MW.

Meanwhile, Duterte said SEC Phase 2 will add to the same capacity of SEC Phase 1, which began operations in April this year, providing a combined 210-MW baseload power capacity to more than 2.15 million households in Sarangani province and cities of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos, Dipolog, General Santos, Iligan, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Pagadian, among others.

On the other hand, he said the P4.25-billion Siguil Hydropower Project, which is Alsons Power’s first venture into renewable energy at the Siguil River basin in Maasim, has a 14.5-MW capacity and can provide additional power to General Santos and Sarangani when it begins operations in 2022.