by Alena Mae S. Flores – February 03, 2016 at 11:25 pm
from Manila Standard
DMCI Power Corp. of the Consunji Group is putting up a 46-megawatt diesel-fired power plant in Calaca, Batangas that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Energy Department records showed the company received a clearance in October 2015 to conduct the grid impact study for the aero-derivative power plant that is estimated to cost P1.5 billion.
Power generators apply for a grid impact study to determine its impact on the transmission network of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.
DMCI Power chairman and chief executive Isidro Consunji confirmed that the construction of the project had started, when asked for comment.
“Actually, it’s diesel-fired [with] aero derivative engine. Location is Calaca. It will be operational by the end of this year,” Consunji said.
The Consunji Group, through Semirara Mining and Power Corp., also owns the existing 600-MW Calaca coal-fired power plant in Batangas.
The company is set to complete the 300-MW Calaca coal plant expansion this year.
DMCI Power, a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings Inc., has been expanding its power generation portfolio.
DMCI Power, through an agreement with Palawan Electric Cooperative and agreed upon by the local government through a resolution, is scheduled to construct a new 5.7-MW diesel power plant in Brooke’s Point.
DMCI Power is also expanding its energy portfolio to include renewable energy such as hydro and biomass.
“We are closely studying hydropower and biomass because we think they have the strongest potential in terms of output reliability and commercial viability among the available RE technologies,” DMCI Power president Nestor Dadivas said earlier.
DMCI Power currently operates diesel and bunker power plants in Masbate, Palawan and Oriental Mindoro.
Another diesel plant with a capacity of 3 megawatts is set to operate in Sultan Kudarat by year-end.
The company is in the initial stage of identifying locations for the renewable energy projects.
“Right now, we have identified one or two areas. But the locations could still change depending on the results of our feasibility studies,” Dadivas said.
The company cited market conditions and government incentives as the reasons for the planned foray into renewable energy.
“Having priority dispatch, government support and a competitive price at a growing but highly competitive power industry makes these RE projects more attractive” Dadivas said.