Bruks Siwertell awarded for being 'top outstanding vendor'
20 Nov 2019
Bruks Siwertell has been awarded Aboitiz Power Corporation’s ‘top outstanding vendor’ award within its coal business unit. Based in the Philippines, the company has enjoyed the benefits of Siwertell unloading technology since 2014.
Bruks Siwertell received the award at the 4th Aboitiz Power Vendor’s Appreciation Day held in Bonifacio Global City, Manila, the Philippines, in October. In his welcome speech, President and Chief Operating Officer of Aboitiz Power Corporation’s coal business unit, Danel Aboitiz, thanked present suppliers and pointed out that those who were present “were the best of the best”.
“Over the years, we have worked closely with Aboitiz, and value our two-way partnership enormously,” says Tony Aronsson, Area Manager Services APAC, Bruks Siwertell. “Our services were first called upon to ensure the smooth, efficient supply of coal to a new power plant being built on the island of Mindanao. Although hydro-power is the major source of electricity generation in the region, demand frequently outstripped supply and the island had faced power shortages for a number of years.
“In 2017, we delivered a second unloader unit to Aboitiz; this time to the island of Cebu for a new power plant being built outside Toledo City.
“We have supported the power plants since both units went into commercial operation and have engaged in a number of ongoing service projects and workshops,” continues Mr Aronsson. “The workshops ensure that the company has sustainable short- and long-term service support, designed to keep its Siwertell equipment in peak operating condition so that it can maintain its high efficiency and availability.
“The award for our service to Aboitiz is much appreciated,” he adds. “But the greatest reward is a happy and satisfied customer.”
Mindanao’s 300MW coal-fired power plant, run by Therma South Inc – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation – came on line in 2014, and now supports the region’s economic growth by providing a reliable complement to existing power-generation facilities. Securing its supply of coal is a Siwertell ST 790-D rail-mounted ship unloader with a rated unloading capacity of 1,500t/h. It is capable of discharging vessels up to a post-Panamax size of 92,500 dwt.
The Cebu power plant is very similar to the one on Mindanao and is run by Aboitiz Power Corporation subsidiary, Therma Visayas Inc. It commenced operations in 2018 and is also equipped with a Siwertell ST 790-D rail-mounted ship unloader, which delivers the same continuous coal unloading capacity of 1,500t/h, accommodating vessels up to 92,500 dwt.