SOUTH Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) said it is on track with the construction of the second unit of its coal-fired power plant in Calaca, Batangas, which would add another 135 megawatts (MW) to the Luzon grid when completed.
SLTEC is a 50-50 joint venture between Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. of the PHINMA Group and AC Energy Holdings Inc. of the Ayala Group.
Trans-Asia said the second unit is expected to be completed in the last quarter of this year.
“Completion for the second unit is expected by year-end, which will contribute another 135 MW by 2016,” said Trans-Asia in a statement.
SLTEC inaugurated the first unit of its 2 x 135-MW circulating fluidized bed (CFB) coal-fired power plant in Calaca last June 5. Formal completion and commercial operations of the first unit were achieved last April 24.
According to SLTEC, a combined investment of P23 billion was allocated for the project.
SLTEC will operate as a base load plant and will sell its entire capacity to Trans-Asia through a 15-year power purchase agreement.
SLTEC said that the power plant’s operation meets environmental safety standards as it operates with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) parameters and has been issued the necessary environmental compliance certificates.
According to SLTEC, under the CFB process, limestone is injected into the furnace to capture harmful sulfur oxide gas, and the plant uses low combustion temperature for minimal nitrogen oxide emissions.
“Tests are regularly done to ensure that no harmful substances are discharged and to guarantee that water from the plant remains safe for marine life,” said SLTEC.
As an offspring of two organizations known for their corporate social responsibility, SLTEC puts a premium on projects that will develop the local communities of Calaca.
To date, it has implemented environment-focused projects, such as coastal clean-ups and adopt-a-river program, to safeguard the water resources in the area.
It also provided for the construction of the Ospital ng Calaca to improve healthcare services in the municipality.
“We are very active in community development in Calaca, particularly in addressing environment, healthcare and education concerns, as we see this as a vital part of our responsibility as a power generator,” said SLTEC.