DAVAO CITY July 14 (PIA)- Despite the Maute terrorists attacking Marawi City which hosts or is near several hydropower facilities, the Mindanao Grid can withstand any attacks on its power generation facilities.
“If Agus Complex is affected we have extra reserves because we have over-supply in Mindanao, we still expect a normal power situation.” Mindanao Development Authority deputy executive-director Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro said.
“Our average surplus (power) today hovers around 600 to 700 megawatts.” Asec. Montenegro said.
The siege in Marawi which began last May 23 is centered around parts of downtown Marawi. The city hosts the Agus I power plant which generates 80 megawatts of electricity for the Mindanao Grid. The seven Agus hydropower plants have a combined capacity of 982 megawatts.
Montenegro said that government troops immediately secured Agus I during the onset of the siege.
He added that the coming years more power will come to Mindanao. A coal-fired power plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte expected to come online late this year will add 500 megawatts to the grid. (PIA/RG Alama)