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Black & Veatch completes EPC role on Philippine power plant

The plant features the country’s first coal dome

Black & Veatch has completed its prime EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) role at Therma South Units 1 & 2 near Davao City, Philippines. 

The project is the first major power facility to come online in nearly 10 years in Mindanao to serve an expanding economy and population in the region. The additional 300 megawatts of power added to the grid is expected to help alleviate the daily power cuts faced by millions of Mindanaoans. 

“It is a proud moment in Black & Veatch’s 100 year history to be a part of a significant project that is providing Mindanaoans with reliable and efficient power."

"The successful completion of the plant is coming at the right time as the coming dry season is expected to affect the power output from surrounding hydro power plants which provide much of the region’s electricity today.”

Todd Edsall, Project Manager, Black & Veatch 

The plant features the country’s first coal dome, designed in accordance to the environmental requirements set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines. Its primary function is to minimize surface area in which dust can settle and for the safe storage of the plant’s fuel supply.

Black & Veatch was the overall project and commissioning manager for the 300 megawatt circulating fluidized bed coal-fired plant. Drawing on its long-established Asian-based execution and procurement centers, the Black & Veatch team provided balance of plant engineering and procurement services. Black & Veatch was also responsible for providing the EPC solution for material handling, plant wide fire protection and offshore piping for cooling water, in addition to site management and commissioning services. 

“We have deep in-house technical knowledge that is supported by seamless execution coordination across multiple Black & Veatch offices in China, India and the United States. Combined with project management skills and understanding of different global and local engineering standards and codes, our approach allows us to procure the right equipment while controlling costs,” said Tengjie (Roger) Li, Beijing Office Manager and Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch. 

To date, more than 20 distribution utilities and electric cooperatives have signed up to receive capacity from Therma South. 
* More than 20 million people reside on the island of Mindanao. 

Editor’s Notes:

  • See here for more background information on Therma South 1 & 2.
  • Black & Veatch has been working on power and water projects in the Philippines since the 1960s.
  • Therma South Units 1 & 2 is located at Davao City. More than 20 million people reside in the region of Mindanao. 
  • Therma South Units 1 & 2 is owned by Therma South Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation. 

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