New 500-MW supercritical coal-fired power plant going operational in Philippines

Generic photo of coal plant.

A Filipinio energy company is reportedly switching on its new 500-MW coal-fired power station Tuesday, according to reports.

The San Buenaventura Power Plant will be the first supercritical generation plant in the Philippines. The plant is located in Mauban, Quezon, and will supply power to the Luzon grid.

It is owned by SAN Buenaventura Power Ltd (SBPL), a partnership between Meralco PowerGen Corp. and New Growth BV. Meralco is the largest electric distribution company in the Philippines, while New Growth BV is a subsidiary of Thailand-based Electricity Generating Public Co.

The San Buenaventura plant’s owners say it will have state-of-the-art emissions control technology, an electrostatic precipitator for fly-ash capture and removal, and a sea water desulfurizer to further reduce potential air pollution.

Plant personnel will be housed on site with expansion of the Quezon Power Village. The turbine deck also will be covered to protect them from sun, wind and rain.

Coal supply, storage and delivery capabilities will all be on-site, according to the company.

“With these in place, the plant will be the one of the most advanced and efficient plants in the country upon its completion,” according to the SBPL website. “It will provide reliable electricity to the consumers in Luzon at very affordable prices.”

Work began on the San Buenaventura coal-fired plant in late 2015. Daelim Industrial handled engineering, procurement and construction oversight, while Mitsbubishi Hitachi Power Systems supplied the boiler, steam turbine and generator for the facility.

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