April 18, 2016
from Business Mirror
SARANGANI Energy Corp. (SEC) of the Alsons Power Group will be providing an additional 105 megawatts (MW) in Mindanao this month.
The company said it has completed key tests of the first phase of its 210-MW coal-fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani, prior to the final stages of commissioning. Once the plant is fired up for commercial operations this month, key areas in Mindanao would be assured of additional supply.
The company is awaiting the issuance of a certificate of compliance (COC) from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
With the start of commercial operation this April, SEC Section 1 will be up and running in time to ensure an ample supply of power during the May 2016 elections and beyond, with more than three million residents from the provinces of Sarangani, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur; the cities of General Santos, Iligan, Bayugan, Butuan, Samal and Tagum, as well as key municipalities in Davao del Norte and South Cotabato, to be served.
“Once we commence commercial operations, SEC 1 will be able to bring in 105 MW of power to key areas in Mindanao that will help put an end to the six-year-old power shortage and provide substantial relief to the people who have been suffering from this dire situation,” said Nicandro R. Fucoy, Alsons Power vice president for Project Implementation and head of Coal Operations.
Fucoy added, “We are confident the ERC will be able to issue the COC at the soonest time possible as we have already completed all the requirements. Any delay in the start of commercial operations would be a gross disservice to the people who have long been waiting for an end to the power crisis.”
When it reaches its full 210-MW capacity in 2018, the SEC plant’s coverage area will include the entire province of South Cotabato and the provinces of Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and key areas in Misamis Oriental and North Cotabato.
Major population centers serviced by the plant when it reaches full capacity will also include the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos, Dipolog, Koronadal, Kidapawan and Pagadian.
Once it reaches full capacity, the SEC power facility will be able to provide access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than six million people.
The $570-million SEC power plant is the single largest investment in Sarangani province and the entire Region 12.
Aside from the SEC plant, Alsons Power is developing the 105-MW San Ramon Power Inc. coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City. Construction is slated to commence during the second half of 2016 and commercial operations in 2019. The group is entering the renewable-energy segment with the development of a 15-MW run-of-river hydroelectric-power plant at the Siguil River in Maasim, Sarangani.