First coal-fired power plant up by end of 2010

ILOILO City––The first commercially viable coal-fired power plant in Western Visayas will be commissioned by the last quarter of 2010 at its site at Barangay Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City.

This was announced by engineer Adrian Moncada, president of the Global Business Power Corp., proponent of the P16 billion power plant investments during the Power 101 power situationer report conducted by the Iloilo Business Club on April 17, 2009 at the Hotel del Rio here.

Moncada admitted that landfill development is currently ongoing in the 24-hectare site and actual construction will start by July or August this year.

The project is expected to generate 164 megawatts out to offset the imbalance power supply in this city and the rest of Iloilo province.

Panay Power Corp. (PPC), a sister company of Global Power, has a power capacity of 140 MW dependable but has only 83 MW with a limited supply from the Panay diesel plant. The plant engines of PPC are only good for two years and there is an urgent need for supply augmentation, the Global Business Power official pointed out.

Moncada said that Iloilo City will have enough power capacity if all the Panay Power Corp. engines are operational augmented by the 15MW from the National Power Corp.

But the city has a total current power demand of 208 MW this summer months, thereby posting 68 MW power deficits if cut-off from the Negros geothermal power source and Napocor.

On the other hand, the 15MW direct interconnection contract with power distributor Panay Electric Company (PECO) is critical.

City mayor Jerry P. Treñas said Iloilo leaders, namely Cong. Arthur Defensor, Presidential Assistant Raul Banias, Rep. Raul Gonzalez Jr., Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. and Treñas recently met and expressed intentions with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to extend the PECO contract set to expire by middle of 2010 until December 2010.

The extension will give time to complete the coal-fired power plant project and other renewable energy projects in Panay Island to provide sufficient power supply here under the Visayas supply augmentation program. Philippine News Agency


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