Peakpower building 20-MW power plant in GenSan

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 August)—Peakpower Energy Inc. launched Wednesday the construction of its 20-megawatt diesel power plant here to help stabilize the city’s power situation.

Worth at least P1 billion, the power plant, located at the compound of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Socoteco-2), is targeted to go on stream after one year.

Peakpower is a wholly-owned subsidiary of A Brown Company, Inc. (ABCI), a publicly-listed holding company based in Cagayan de Oro City.

“We are not here to compete, we are here to complement,” ABCI chairman Walter Brown said, noting they are investing in the city in response to the recurring power supply problem facing the area since 2010.

Crippling brownouts lasting eight hours daily were felt anew here in the last few months, but nowadays the city has ample power supply.

Rodolfo Ocat, Socoteco-2 general manager, said that Peakpower will construct the power plant on a build-operate-transfer scheme.

“We agreed that after 15 years, the power plant will be transferred to the cooperative,” he told reporters.

Ocat said the Environmental Management Bureau has already granted the environmental compliance certificate for the power plant project.

However, the power sales agreement (PSA) between Peakpower and Socoteco 2 has yet to be approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission, he said.

Socoteco-2 serves this city, the entire Sarangani province and the towns of Polomolok and Tupi in South Cotabato.

The cooperative earlier signed a PSA with the Sarangani Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the Alcantara Group, for 70 MW that will come from the 200-MW coal-fired power plant being constructed in nearby Maasim, Sarangani.

The Maasim power plant is targeted to start operations in 2015 at an initial capacity of 100 MW.

The power that will be supplied by both Sarangani Energy and Peakpower will not be connected to the Mindanao grid operated by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines but directly to the transmission facilities of Socoteco-2.

Ocat said they expect the power situation in the city to stabilize starting 2015 with the supply committed by these power generation companies.

Aside from this city, Peakpower is also constructing a five-MW bunker-fired power plant in San Francisco in Agusan del Sur.

“These projects will be operational in the second half of 2014 and will use Wartsila bunker-fired engines,” a company briefer said.

Wartsila is a global player involved in power solutions for the marine and energy markets, with around 49 gigawatts of installed power in 4,599 power plants across the world. In the Philippines, there are at least 2 GW of installed Wartsila engines, it added. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

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  1. Peakpower building 20-MW power plant in GenSan

    The above shown link to the article for which this comment is written, appears to be devoid of any mention of public discourse as to whether or not this power plant should be placed into operation in General Santos City.

    Additionally, there is no explanation as to the definition of a “Bunker fired engine”.

    If production of electrical power, within the city, creates pollutants that are deemed hazardous to health by other major cities, what does the Environmental Management Bureau, know, to counter claims by other cities, that bunker fired engine fuel is a pollutant, creating a health hazard? They, per the article, gave the building of this plant, their blessing.

    Regarding the “Bunker fired engines,” and the residual fuel oil they burn, the following was determined by the city of New York.

    “However, some industrial boilers still use it and so do a few old buildings, including in New York City. The City estimates that the 1% of its buildings that burn fuel oils No. 4 and No. 6 are responsible for 86% of the soot pollution generated by all buildings in the city. New York has made the phase out of these fuel grades part of its environmental plan, PlaNYC, because of concerns for the health effects caused by fine particulates.” (Wiki)

    Last time I checked, people who were given ‘no-say’ in this EMB approval, (that includes the children), in Gensan have the need for a clean breath. The same is required by the people in New York City.

    George Mertz

  2. Anyways the 20MW diesel power plant is good in cases like now where there is deficit but for daily normal use, I dont agree it is good since diesel causes much pollution for that little power.


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