Monday, 4 February 2008

Construction starts on $ 500-M coal-fired power plant in Cebu

By James A. Loyola
Manila Bulletin

A consortium led by Global Business Power Corporation has started the construction of a $ 500 million in a 264-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Toledo City, Cebu.

The group, which also Formosa Heavy Industries Corporation, Aboitiz Power Corporation, and Vivant Power Corporation, said this goes to show that they are committed to help solve the inadequate power supply in the province.

Global Power President Jesus Alcordo said that the proposed power plant will also supply power to the Negros and Panay Island.

Cebu has a total power demand of around 460 MW, a nine percent increase from the 2007 figures. At present, Cebu imports power from the geothermal power plant in Leyte through submarine transmission cable.

Due to Cebu’s dependence on the Leyte geothermal power plant, any disruption from the power source or the transmission facility will cause power shortage that will, in turn, result in brownouts in the province.

The new state-of-the-art power plant to be built in Sangi, Toledo will have 3 x 82-MW capacity generators. These power generators will use circulating fluidized bed clean coal technology, which will ensure that sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions will meet World Bank standards.

The project is set to be completed by the first quarter of 2010.

Alcordo said the Cebu-Negros-Panay grid is facing a looming power crisis that will adversely impact on the economy of the three islands if the supply problem will not be addressed.

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