THE first phase of the Alsons Power Group’s 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Sarangani province will be commissioned within the first half of this year.
Alsons Power said the 105 megawatts (MW) section of its Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) coal-fired power plant is already 89 percent complete. Commercial operations will start by October this year and will run at full capacity of 210 MW within the fourth quarter of next year.
The plant’s initial output of 105 MW will provide power for roughly 3.47 million residents of Sarangani Province, General Santos City, Iligan City, as well as key areas in South Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte.
Another 3.8 million residents of Cotabato, South Cotabato and Zamboanga del Norte will also benefit from the project once it runs its full 210MW capacity in 2016.
The SEC plant is one of the first new base load power plants to operate this year, and is seen to help provide a sustainable and lasting solution to the four-year-old Mindanao power shortage.
At US$570 million, the SEC plant is the single largest investment in the Province of Sarangani and the entire Region 12. Aside from the SEC plant, Alsons Power is developing the 105 MW San Ramon Power, Inc. coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City.
The construction is slated to start on the second half of 2015 and expected to begin operating in 2018.
Alsons Power currently operates three diesel plants in Mindanao such as Mapalad Power Corporation’s 103 MW plant in Iligan Cit; the 55 MW Southern Philippines Power Corporation facility in Alabel, Sarangani, and the 100 MW power plant of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation in Zamboanga City.
Alsons said all three diesel plants are contributing in the alleviation of the power shortage in Mindanao.