Accident killing Chinese engineer mars construction of Aboitiz power plant in Davao Sur

 jan 10, 2014

An accident killing a Chinese engineer last Monday has marred the ongoing construction of the 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of the Aboitiz company located in Barangay Binugao, Davao City, and Barangay Inawayan, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Construction works have been temporarily suspended in the affected part to give way for the “review of  all safety procedures and systems and re-certification of equipment used by the contractors of the power plant project to avoid repeat of accident in the future,” said AboitizPower corporate affairs manager Willy Rodolfo in an interview with Bombo Radyo Davao Friday morning.

A certain Sha Hong Bing, an engineer of project sub-contractor True North and Nantong Dragon was trying to pull a pulley he attached to a machine inside the plant’s Boiler No. 2 when a steel hook block part suddenly broke out and flew directly hitting the victim’s body killing him.

The deceased would be taken care of by the contractor including the flying back of his remains to China, said Rodolfo.

He added that since year 2011 AboitizPower Corp. started building up the coal-fired power plant under the company’s subsidiary Therma South Inc. (TSI).

“There are about 3,000 workers involved in the construction and no major accident happened since then at the project site until this one,” he said.   

“It’s an accident that had happened. We are baring this as we promised to the City Council, to the public to be transparent, to keep no secret to the plant and during the plant’s operations later,” he added.

Rodolfo also said that the company is building two power plants to supply first for 300 megawatts “which is just enough to meet the shortage of power at present, and for another 320-megawatts plant which would be completed by 2017-2018 to supply power needs in the future.”

He said TSI’s 300 megawatts would arrest the present occurences of brownouts in the provinces hitting electric cooperatives mainly energized by the power-deficient Agus-Pulangi plants.

AboitizPower Corp. is supplying ancillary augmentation power supplies to electric cooperatives through its subsidiary Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), which acquires the power barge in Maco, Compostela Valley from government over three years ago.     

AboitizPower is a power-selling unit of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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