by Myrna Velasco – August 4, 2016
from Manila Bulletin
The power group of publicly listed Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. has awarded a US$280-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Japanese firm JGC Corporation for the 105MW expansion of its Sarangani coal-fired power project.
That forms the second unit of the plant – bringing total capacity then to 210 megawatts. The first unit of another 105MW capacity already reached full commercial operation April this year.
The Yokohama-based turnkey contractor will work together with its local subsidiary JGCP Philippines in advancing the project to construction phase and eventual completion.
The notice-to-proceed had been served to JGC July 14 this year, according to Joseph Nocos, vice president for business development of the Alsons Power Group.
During the deal’s signing ceremony, Alsons Chairman Tomas I. Alcantara symbolically painted the blank eyes of “goal doll” Daruma, patently “to signify the signatories’ commitment to the completion of Section 2 of the SEC power plant.”
It was stressed that “the other blank eye of the Daruma will be filled-in upon the completion of the project.”
Based on timelines set for the project, the second unit of the Sarangani plant is up for completion by April 2019.
The facility’s generated power will be wheeled and delivered to roughly 3.0 million consumer-residents in South Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro City and other growing population centers in Mindanao.
The two-unit power plant project had been funneled total investments of $570 million. It is part of the US$1.0-billion near-term power development ventures that the Alcantara group had cast on blueprint.
The company is similarly advancing to construction phase the proposed 105MW San Ramon coal-fired power facility in Zamboanga City to also serve the needs for capacity addition in that Mindanao economic corridor.