THE Quezon province is gearing to become the ‘most powerful’ in the Luzon power grid in four year’s time by increasing the capacity of its current power plant operators.
Gov. David Suarez said the plan will be implemented as the national government continues to remind everyone of the possibility of a power shortage in the next few years.
“By 2019, Quezon Province will be the most powerful,” he said, referring to the 5,000 megawatts that the power plants plan to generate in the province.
Suarez cited the expansion and new projects due to be implemented by the existing power plant firms, including expansion of the Pagbilao Coal Power Plant 3 and Atimonan power plants. The approval of the expansion of the Mauban power plant is also reportedly being processed.
If the Mauban plant proposal is approved, Suarez said it can double its existing 750-MW capacity.
“We’re positive…hopefully, we can finish everything within the year,” he said.
He also said the local government approved the construction of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) combined cycle power plant along the coast of Lamon Bay in Atimonan town. The plant is expected to generate between 1,200 to 1,750 MW.
Suarez downplayed environmental concerns about operating coal plants in the province saying these can be mitigated.
“It [environmental damage]is not an issue for as long as they [coal plants]conform and follow the strictest environmental standards. I think, coal has always been placed in a bad light. But with the technology being available now, clean coal is being processed into electricity,” he said.