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First coal storage dome in southeast Asia

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Black & Veatch, a leading global infrastructure building company, has completed its prime engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) role at the 300 MW Therma South coal-fired power plant on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

“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,” said Todd Edsall, Project Manager at Black & Veatch. “The successful completion of the place 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.”

More than 20 million people live on Mindanao – the second largest and most southerly major island in the Philippines. To date, more than 20 distribution utilities and electric cooperatives have signed up to receive capacity from the plant.

The plant is the first in southeast Asia to include a coal storage dome. Designed to the environmental standards set by the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the dome’s primary function is to minimize the surface area in which dust can settle and for the safe storage of the plant’s coal.

The company was also responsible for building and commissioning a screw-type coal unloader with a rated capacity of 1500 tph to discharge coal at the plant and ensure smooth cargo operations, as well as plant-wide fire protection services and offshore piping for cooling water.

“We have deep in-house technical knowledge that is supported by seamless executing coordination across multiple Black & Veatch offices in China, India and the US,” said Tangjie (Roger) Li, Beijing Office Manage and Associated Vice President at Black & Veatch. “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.

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