• ERC okays coal-fire plant operation

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    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has granted a rovisional Certificate of Compliance (COC) to a power firm for the operation of a 135-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Barangay Nipa, Concepcion in Iloilo province.

    Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC), a joint venture of Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings Corp., a subsidiary of A Brown Company Inc. and Jin Navitas Resource Inc., will operate the 2x135MW circulating fluidized bed combustion coal-fired power plant.

    The power plant was already 99.5 percent completed by the end of July 2016, while commissioning is expected to be completed by the first week of August 2016.

    It will supply power generation capacities to the Visayas Grid. The energy generation and sales by PCPC is covered by an ERC-approved power supply agreement with distribution utilities in Negros, Cebu, Leyte and Panay.

    The provisional COC will be eventually replaced by a final COC as advised by the regulatory commission, according to PCPC.

    All generation companies are required to secure a COC from the commission before the commencement of their commercial operations as provided under the ERC’s guidelines.

    PCPC is a critical addition to the power generation industry especially in Panay, Negros and Cebu islands since it will augment the growing power requirements in the areas, which are among the top tourist destinations in the country.

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