Opportunities for renewable energy

Introducing renewable energy in off grid parts of the Philippines through the auction of the National Power Corporation‘s power generation facilities in these areas is one potential opportunity for developing renewable energy in the country. Let’s hope the government does provide a leveled playing field for this to happen

From BusinessWorld Philippines

May 13, 2012

SEM-Calaca aims to build 3 coal plants

THE POWER unit of Semirara Mining Corp. is looking to build small coal-fired power plants in three off-grid areas, the firm told reporters last week.

SEM-Calaca Power Corp. wants to bid for the operations of power plants in Tablas Island in Romblon, Mindoro and Palawan.

“We’re going to bid for Tablas around July, then we’re bidding for Mindoro and Palawan. We already did due diligence in the areas and we will be putting up coal power plants, more or less 7.5-megawatts (MW),” said Semirara President Isidro A. Consunji in an interview with reporters last week.

Some of the areas will be operated by DMCI Power Corp. which is affiliated with Semirara.

The National Power Corp. is auctioning off operation of facilities in the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) and is prioritizing areas in Palawan and Mindoro.

Bidding for the Palawan off-grid contract was postponed earlier this month amid complaints from other bidders that allowing proposals of coal plants into the mix would be unfair as it would come out the cheapest compared to other technologies.

Two other areas, Masbate and Bantayan Island, already source power from private firms running generators in the area.

Aside from the these, SPUG areas include: Batangas, Marinduque, Quezon, Catanduanes, Albay, Romblon, Batanes, Cagayan, Aurora, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, Camarines Sur, Siquijor, Antique, Iloilo, Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Basilan, Sulu, Dinagat, Sultan Kudarat, Davao, Surigao del Norte, Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi.

“It will not take us long to build the capacities in the areas if we win because site preparation is there and we have already done due diligence. And we are also asking government agencies to help the electric cooperatives in these areas,” said Nestor D. Dadivas, director of SEM-Calaca.

Semirara operates the 600-MW Calaca coal-fired power plant in Batangas through SEM-Calaca.

The Calaca coal-fired power plant consists of two 300-MW units and uses a combination of coal from Semirara and imported coal.

Unit 1 of the power plant has been running at a derated capacity of 220 MW and is expected to reach 270 MW to 300 MW after its rehabilitation.

The company posted a P6 billion net income in 2011 driven by its coal and power units. —Emilia Narni J. David

Article location : http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?Section=Corporate&title=SEM Calaca aims to build 3 coal plants&id=51649

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