16 Aug 2 Coal-Fired Power Plants By SMC to Operate in Bataan and Davao Del Sur
This year 2016, a unit of San Miquel Corp., SMC Consolidated Power Corp. is prepared to start its commercial operations of two large coal-fired power plants in Luzon and Mindanao.
Ramon Ang, San Miguel president and chief operating officer said that the operation would start before the end of the year. The first unit of the 300-megawatt coal-fired project will be in Limay, Bataan and the first unit of the 300-MW coal-fired facility will be in Malita, Davao Del Sur.
Testing and commissioning of the first 150-megawatt unit of the P25.5-billion coal-fired power facility in Limay would begin this month. And the other 150-MW unit will start in April 2017.
After the testing and commissioning, the first unit is assumed to begin its commercial operation in November while the other unit will start next year in the month of July.
Last January 2014, the construction of the power plant in Barangay Lamao in Limay town has already started.
San Miguel Corp. built the power plant to meet the rising demand in the Luzon which currently suffers from thin reserves.
In Barangay Culaman, Malita, Davao del Sur, San Miguel also began the testing and commissioning of the first phase of the other 300-MW coal-fired power plant.
Commercial operations for the first 150-MW unit of the P25.8-billion power plant in Mindanao is assumed to operate this month. And the other 150-MW unit is scheduled to operate in November.
San Miguel belongs to the most aggressive power competitor in the country. Recently, the Energy Department granted a permit to SMC Global Power Corp. to conduct a grid impact study for two other coal-fired plants with 928 megawatts.
The department issued a clearance for grid impact study for the 600-MW coal plant in Barangay Ibabang Polo, Pagbilao. And in Barangay Danong, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, a 328-MW circulating fluidized bed coal-fired power facility
San Miguel also plans to put up a coal-fired power plant in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
A memorandum was signed by the company understanding with ARMM, which is comprised of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces. There are only 30 percent households in ARMM that have electricity. This made the company build a power plant that would serve the entire ARMM region, with estimated 573,446 households.
Ang said that investors cautious about the region due to instability, lack of infrastructure and insufficient power supply. But he was hoping that this project would help ARMM in providing jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and provide a major economic boost in the region.
Ramon Ang added that San Miguel is also planning to put up three more power plants in industrial estates in Mindanao with a total capacity of 300 MW.