Alleviating Daily Power Shortages for Millions
Therma South Plant Improves Lives, Commerce Through Reliable Power
The Mindanao region of the Philippines faced near daily power shortages in both the wet and dry seasons. With hydropower accounting for more than half of the region’s electric generation capacity, power was often available for only 12 hours a day and economic growth in the region had been limited.
Since seasonal variations in water levels contribute to power shortages, a reliable complement to renewable generation was needed. Black & Veatch was selected to lead the development of the Therma South 300 megawatt circulating fluidized bed coal-fired plant near Davao City, Philippines. The plant helps supplement the power generation needed to meet baseload requirements while reducing the frequency and duration of power shortages.
"Black & Veatch brought experienced, localized solutions to deliver this major project. We are well on track to helping relieve Mindanoans of the debilitating effects of the current power crisis."
Thomas J. Sliman Jr, Vice President, Project Execution, Aboitiz Power Corporation
Staying Ahead of Environmental Standards
Aboitiz Power Corporation and Black & Veatch worked to stay in advance of environmental standards for the handling and storage of coal fuel. The plant features the Philippines’ first coal dome, further tapping into Black & Veatch’s project execution expertise. The enclosed, but well-ventilated, dome’s primary function is to minimize surface area on which coal dust can settle. It also provides safe storage for the plant’s fuel supply.
Drawing on its long-established, Asia-based execution and procurement centers, Black & Veatch through its prime EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) role provided balance-of-plant engineering and procurement services. Black & Veatch also provided site management and commissioning services and was responsible for providing the EPC solution for material handling, plantwide fire protection and offshore piping for cooling water.
The plant features the Philippines’ first coal dome, providing safe storage for the plant’s fuel supply.