Aboitiz Power eyes 300-MW plant in Cebu

Visayas grid to need additional capacity starting ’15


MANILA, Philippines—Aboitiz Power Corp. is planning to build a 300-megawatt power plant in Cebu to help address the need for additional capacity in the Visayas grid starting 2015.

The proposed power project, which may likely be coal-fed, will also expand the company’s power portfolio on the island.

According to APC president Erramon I. Aboitiz, the proposed Cebu power project was still being developed and has yet to secure board approval.

“We don’t have a timetable for that yet,” Aboitiz said.

APC has interests in several power facilities located in Cebu, including a 26-percent stake in Cebu Energy Development Corp., which owns and operates a 246-MW coal-fired plant in Toledo City.

APC also holds 50 percent of the outstanding capital stock of East Asia Utilities Corp., which operates a 50-MW bunker-fired power plant in the Mactan export processing zone on Mactan Island. It likewise owns 60 percent of the total outstanding shares of Cebu Private Power Corp., which operates a 70-MW bunker-fired plant in Cebu City under a build-operate-transfer contract to supply 62 MW to the Aboitiz Group’s Visayan Electric Co. (Veco).

The proposed 300-MW power plant of APC will help the government secure adequate supply for the Visayas grid, which will need an additional 2,000 MW by 2030 to address the growing electricity demand on the island.

Based on the Philippine Energy Plan, Visayas will need at least 100 MW of fresh capacity a year starting 2015.

The DOE has so far listed for Visayas only five committed power projects, or those projects that are firmly expected to push through as these have already complied with the necessary permits and clearances of various agencies and concerned local governments and are in the process of financial closing.

These are the 8-MW Villa Siga hydroelectric power plant; Energy Development Corp.’s 20-MW Nasulo geothermal project; Asian Energy’s 4-MW biomass project; the 8-MW Cantakoy hydropower project; and the two 135-MW coal facilities of Palm Concepcion.

There are 13 indicative power projects, or those that are in different stages of project development and have not yet reached financial closing. These include the 82-MW expansion of the coal facility of Panay Energy Development Corp. of the Metrobank Group and Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp.’s 54-MW Guimaras wind farm.

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  • jurbinsky77

    Forty-six per cent (46%) of the world’s electric power generation is by coal.

    In the Philippines, the pseudo-environmentalists often noise about pollution without proof. The new power plants should utilize carbon capture and storage to reduce carbon dioxide, store them underground for disposal.

    Build coal plants in Quezon, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Davao Oriental, South Cotobato. If open-pit mining is not acceptable for reasons, I don’t know, then use the tunneling procedure but the country needs power generation resources. The people in Sarangani were scared for something they don’t even have a clue of. The bottom line, coal power palnts should be built using the best available technology, like CCS.

    Coal should be utilized if ever you would dream of progress without nuclear power. How do you expect investors to come when the price of electric power is so high. The intention is there but “due diligence” kill it all. Power should be cheap as natural gas is abound. But why do you have to let Meralco charge “transmission loss”, “exchange rate differential”, etc. The people should only pay for goods and services and not for the Meralco’s intransigence. Meralco should endeavor to improve the system for its own profitability, why penalize the people for its stupidity?

    Two other things should be free, potable water and garbage disposal. In order for garbage disposal to be continuously free, modern solid waste incinerators should be built in each of the cities. Why do they suffer other people for their waste? With incinerators, re-cycling will be practiced to the utmost and they can provide electric power to the community. 

    Please do not use China as your example. China is using old technology in coal power generation.  If the Philippines would build modern coal plants away from the residential centers like coastal places, pollution will be a remote complaint.

    In Canada, coal is close to nuclear power in electric generation.
    In the US, 44.9% comprise the coal-powered plants in electric generation.
    In UK, 31% is from coal.

    • Joseph

      CCS is too expensive.

      The fact that we have CFB plants (though unfortunately, mostly ONLY in the Visayas) is something we’ll have to be grateful for in the mean time. As you may know, CFB is cleaner than the regular simple coal power plants (which are being used in Subic and Bataan).

      • jurbinsky77

        Pollutant Hard coal Brown coal Fuel oil Other oil Gas
        CO2 (g/GJ) 94,600 101,000 77,400 74,100 56,100
        SO2 (g/GJ) 765 1,361 1,350 228 0.68
        NOx (g/GJ) 292 183 195 29 93.3
        CO (g/GJ) 89.1 89.1 15.7 15.7 14.5
        Non methane organic compounds (g/GJ) 4.92 7.78 3.70 3.24 1.58
        Particulate matter (g/GJ) 1,203 3,254 16 1.91 0.1
        Flue gas volume total (m3/GJ) 360 444 279 276 272

        The above tabula data is the reason, circulating fluidized bed boiler technology advocates would discuss N-based pollutants but not carbon dioxide which is the main greenhouse effect pollutant.

        If we want to consider the future, the need for best available, advanced technology like, CCS, becomes imperative, CFB can manage a bit of N-based pollutants but not CO2 which is the main concern in the environmental well-being. CCS is not the mainstream coal fired power generation technology today, CFB it is, but the discussion point we want to raise is that power generation companies should provide an option in their mission statements that future scientific measures, for instance refitting the plants with CCS, if viable.

        We cannot allow the country to be the piñata of the world with regards to global climate change.

        Sana basahin muna bago kokontra.

  • Mamerto

    “Coal-Fired Power Plant”…?

    Everybody…, almost everybody.., is aware that using coal as a fuel in power plant will gravely worsen the pollution of our environment.., specially the air that we breath.
    Each day, every man woman and child, will be putting into their system 
    the equivalent of smoking 3~4 packs of cigarette.Remember,
    Red China, with all its vaunted growing economy, is the number one user of coal and is presently having the worst atmospheric pollution of their environment in the world, today.

    • Joseph

      Not true. Most of the Coal power plants in the Visayas uses CFB, a cleaner coal technology that prevents toxic gases and polutants from being released into the atmosphere. Read up about it in wikipedia. :)

  • ovalboy

    Naku puhhh mga taga Cebu…. kapag nag press release na naman si Miss Amy Remo ng tungkol sa kanyang kliyenteng Aboitiz Power eh humanda na kayo at brownout na ang susunod. At wala kayong magagawa kundi sumunod sa gusto ng mga makakapal ang mukhang kompanyang ito. Kasi nga daw eh kulang na ang supply kaya yes na lang kayo. In the meantime… ayun si Miss Amy Remo… laughing all the way to the bank ! ! !

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