Philippines: Firms vie to build Zamboanga coal-fired plant

FIVE global construction and engineering companies have submitted proposals to develop the 105-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) in Zamboanga City, Alsons Power Group said. The proposed coal-fired facility in Talisay has attracted interest from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, namely Dongfang Electric International Corp. in Chengdu, China; Jurong Engineering Ltd. in Singapore; Northeast No.1 Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd. (NEPC 1), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China Energy Engineering Group; Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. (Sepco III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China; and Pune, India-based ThyssenKrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp AG.

The construction of SRPI’s coal-fired power plant is expected to begin in the first half of 2019, while commercial operations are targeted in 2022. Once operational, the power plant will play a crucial role in stabilizing power supply in the Zamboanga Peninsula as it will provide baseload power to Zamboanga City and nearby areas.

“The people of Zamboanga City and nearby areas can look forward to a state-of-the-art baseload power plant right here in the city to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity,” SRPI project manager Archimedes Donato said, noting these entities have “extensive international experience.”

“These bid submissions are a testimony to the keen interest the SRPI project has generated and are a vote of confidence to the future of Zamboanga City,” Alsons Power Vice President for Project Development Joseph Nocos said.

Alsons Power, the first independent power producer in Mindanao, currently operates four power facilities on the island with a total generating capacity of 363 MW. It serves key cities, including Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iligan, General Santos, and Zamboanga. It is also venturing into renewable energy (RE) with run-of-river hydroelectric power projects with a total potential capacity of more than 145 MW in Negros Occidental, Sarangani, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, the two Agusan provinces, and Surigao del Sur.