• RP Energy restudies 600MW Subic coal plant capacity

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    REDONDO Peninsula (RP) Energy Inc. is still figuring out whether it could transmit the total 600 megawatts (MW) target capacity of its state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant project at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

    RP Energy is a joint venture of Meralco PowerGen Corp. (MGen), Aboitiz Power Corp., and Taiwan Cogeneration International Corp.

    Antonio Moraza, AboitizPower president and COO, said they still need more time to figure out whether the 600 MW capacity is doable.

    “We need another month really. It’s transmission line-related. So we’re still figuring out whether we can transmit the total 600 MW. That’s our preference,” Moraza said.

    But there is no assurance that there may be a way to hit the 600-MW target, he said.

    The power plant, he explained, needs to be connected to Hermosa and that problem has already been addressed.

    “We have to connect to Hermosa and I think the problem is from Hermosa to Castillejos and I understand, a possible solution has been found for that,” he said.

    Meralco chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan earlier said the consortium is studying changing the project parameters that would reduce the capacity from 600 MW to 300 MW due to transmission line connection issues.

    He explained that the transmission line from the power plant to the grid will have to traverse in areas that are apparently occupied by indigenous people.

    The project had an original target capacity of 600 MW, composed of 2 x 300 MW circulating fluidized bed coal-fired plants.

    Its construction was delayed because of a writ of kalikasan filed before the Supreme Court by some groups opposing the coal plant.

    The high court upheld the project’s environmental compliance certificate, as well as the lease and development agreement with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

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