Pres. Duterte to lead ceremonial switch-on of power plant in Sarangani

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi are set to lead the ceremonial switch-on of the first 105-megawatt section of the Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) and the groundbreaking of its second 105-MW section in Barangay Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani province on Thursday afternoon.

The operation of the power plant is in keeping with the Duterte administration's plan to energize the entire country by the end of its term by encouraging the private sector to increase investments in power generation to provide the country with stable, affordable and sufficient energy.

The SEC baseload coal-fired power plant will have the capacity to produce up to 210 MW of electricity for Southern and South Central Mindanao. According to the website of the Alsons Power Group, the first 105-MW section began commercial operations in April last year and currently supplies General Santos City, Sarangani, and other key areas of Mindanao. The second 105-MW section of the SEC plant is expected to start operation in 2018.

The Alsons Power Group, Mindanao's first independent power producer, has awarded the USD280-million engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the second 105-MW power plant to the Yokohama, Japan-based global engineering firm JGC Corp. and its local subsidiary JGC Philippines, Inc. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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