Mitsubishi bags 3-year contract on maintenance work for Davao power plant

Published May 18, 2021, 4:05 PM

by Myrna M. Velasco

Japanese firm Mitsubishi Power (Philippines) Inc. has bagged a three-year contract for ‘reliability maintenance work’ aimed at improving the capacity availability at the 300-megawatt Therma South Inc. power plant of Aboitiz Power Corporation.

The long term service agreement (LTSA), according to Mitsubishi, took effect starting April this year and will last until April 2024; and its work will delve with “boiler ultrasonic gauging mapping inspection” at the TSI plant.

“The team’s technical expertise in CFB (circulating fluidized bed) boiler risk-based maintenance work will enhance the reliability of the power plant’s two boiler units, contributing to the provision of stable and efficient power for the Mindanao region,” the Japanese firm said.

It explained that a ‘risk-based maintenance’ approach typically “prioritizes equipment that carries the highest risk should it fail,” and that redounds to better management efficiency in a power plant.

Under the contracted work, it was specified that inspections will be carried out by MHI Power (Philippines) Plant Services Corporation, which is an affiliate firm of Mitsubishi Power.

The company added that its project with TSI “is the latest of more than 90 risk-based maintenance projects” it had undertaken; and that could sum up to 3,600 megawatts of capacity that it has worked on for more than a decade.

According to Abe Nisnisan, facility head of TSI, reliable operations of the Davao plant is crucial given that it is one of the major sources of power supply in the Mindanao grid.

“We constantly look at ways to make improvements to deliver strong maintenance results across a range of solutions,” he said, noting that the maintenance work to be rendered by Mitsubishi will result in improved reliability and efficiency of the generating facility’s operations.

Vincent V. Engracia, president of Mitsubishi Power (Phils) Plant Services Corporation, indicated that their company can help the TSI plant on its operational enhancement targets, so it can continually underpin economic growth in the Mindanao region.

“Our equipment and services supply more than a quarter of the Philippines’ installed capacity, and this partnership is another example of how our total plant solutions are helping communities to power their future,” he stressed.