24 January 2010 in The Philippine Daily Inquirer
9 projects seen easing supply shortfall
The Department of Energy Expects nine power projects to add another 1,354 megawatts (MW) of much needed capacities, which could help address a looming or an existing shortfall in the country’s power supply.
These committed projects will add to the existing capacities in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids between this year and 2014. According to the 14th status report on the Epira (Electric Power Industry Reform Act) implementation, these projects are the 600-MW coal-fired power plant in Bataan; the 246-MW power plant expansion project in Toledo, Cebu; 200-MW coal facility in Naga, Cebu; the 17.5-MW Panay biomass power project in Iloilo; the 20-MW Nasulo geothermal facility; the 164-MW power plant in La Paz, Iloilo; the 42.5-MW Sibulan hydroelectric power project in Davao del Sur; the 8-MW Cabulig mini-hydro power plant in Misamis Oriental; and the 50-MW Mindanao 3 geothermal project in North Cotabato.
For this year, the government expects two power projects to be completed—the 164-MW facility of Panay Energy Development Corp. and the 42.5-MW Sibulan hydroelectric power facilities in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, which is being developed by Hedcor Sibulan Inc.
By 2011, the latest Epira report showed that five projects would go on commercial operations.
Among these projects are Cebu Energy Development Corp.’s expansion project in Toledo, Cebu, which is expected to be undertaken starting March this year until January 2011, and Kepco-SPC Power Corp.’s coal power plant (also in Cebu), which may likely start commercial operations between February and March 2011. Similarly, Green Power Panay Philippines Inc.’s 17.5-MW Panay biomass power project in Mina, Iloilo, is expected to be completed within the first quarter next year. The Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. has reportedly targeted to complete its 20-MW Nasulo geothermal power project in Valencia, Negros Oriental, also within 2011.
Based on the Epira report, discussions regarding the power plant facilities and technical consultancy contracts are ongoing. The EDC geothermal project is estimated to cost $3 million for every MW or a total of $60 million.
Also expected to be completed by June 2011 is the 8-MW Cabulig mini-hydro power plant in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, by Mindanao Energy Systems Inc.