The Alsons Power Group’s Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) received bids from two prospective contractors for the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) of the 105 MW second section of SEC’s 210 MW Sarangani Energy baseload coal -fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani Province.
Alsons Power Vice President for Business Development, Joseph C. Nocos described the two bidders as “global companies with extensive experience in providing turnkey EPC services for power generation projects in different countries.”
Awarding of the EPC contract for SEC Section 2 will be in May 2016. SEC Section 2 is expected to commence construction by the second half of 2016 and is aiming to commence operating in 2018.
The SEC plant’s first 105 MW section has completed construction and is currently undergoing testing.
SEC Section 1 will begin commercial operations by the end of the first Quarter of 2016 to ensure an ample supply of power during the May 2016 elections and beyond, to more than three million residents from the provinces of Sarangani, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur; the cities of General Santos, Iligan, Bayugan, Butuan, Samal, and Tagum as well as key municipalities in Davao del Norte and South Cotabato.
When it reaches its full 210-MW capacity in 2018, the SEC plant’s coverage area will include the entire province of South Cotabato and the provinces of Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and key areas in Misamis Oriental and North Cotabato.
Major population centers serviced by the plant when it reaches full capacity will also include the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos, Dipolog, Koronadal, Kidapawan, and Pagadian.
Upon reaching full capacity, the SEC power facility will be able to provide access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than six million people.
The US$ 570 Million SEC power plant is the single largest investment in Sarangani Province and the entire Region 12.
Aside from the SEC plant, Alsons Power is developing the 105-MW San Ramon Power, Inc. coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City with construction slated to commence on the second half of 2016 with commercial operations beginning in 2019.
The group is also entering the renewable energy segment with the development of a 15-MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant at Siguil River in Maasim, Sarangani.
Alsons Power currently operates three diesel plants in Mindanao: Mapalad Power Corporation’s 103-MW plant in Iligan City; the 55-MW Southern Philippines Power Corporation facility in Alabel, Sarangani; and the 100-MW power plant of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation in Zamboanga City.
By 2019, the Alsons Power Group is expected to be generating a total of 588 MW – a little over 25 percent of Mindanao’s projected peak power demand.