Palm Concepcion Power Corp. said it is on track with the construction of the first unit of its 270-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Concepcion, Iloilo which should be finished by the fourth quarter of this year.
Palm Concepcion is a joint venture between Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of A. Brown Co. Inc. and Jin Navitas Resource Inc.
According to A. Brown, the company targets to complete the first 135MW power plant in the last quarter of the year while the commercial operation is on track by the second quarter of 2016.
Palm Concepcion officials earlier assured the completion of the first phase of the power plant project based on its timeline. They also ensured that the generation capacity of the power plant will get to the grid on or before the middle of 2016.
A. Brown said that while only 135-MW is on a firm basis, the plant site and support units are programmed for two units.
“The preparation for the second unit is projected to begin two to three to three years after commissioning of the first unit if the power market in the region continues to expand as projected,” said A. Brown.
Palm Concepcion held the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase last January 15, 2013.
The project’s general engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor is NLSC, the consortium of First Northeast Electric Power Engineering Corp. of China (NEPC), Liaoning Electric Power Survey & Design Institute and Shenyang Electric Power Design Institute Co. Ltd.
Alstom Power of Europe, one of the world’s foremost suppliers of steam turbines and power generation equipment, will provide the steam turbine and generator for this project.
SNC-Lavalin was also tapped as the project construction manager.
“As of the June 2015, planning for the second unit is in the advanced phase,” A. Brown said.