ACR’s Sarangani coal plant starts operation


    Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. (ACR) said the second 105 megawatts (MW) section of its Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) coal plant started its commercial operations last week.

    The project will benefit more than three million additional people from Koronadal, Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos and other key areas in Mindanao

    Fernando Corrales, Alsons Power’s vice president for project management, said in a statement SEC section 2 has completed all the necessary commissioning and testing stages.

    “With the recent issuance of a certificate of compliance from the Energy Regulatory Commission, we are now officially declaring the start of commercial operations for SEC 2,” Corrales said.

    SEC 2 began construction in February 2017.

    “With the impending start of commercial operations for SEC 2, the combined SEC plant will be able to provide up to 210 MW of baseload power to help fuel the economies of major population centers such as Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos, Dipolog, General Santos, Iligan, Kidapawan, Koronadal and Pagadian,” Corrales added.

    The $570-million SEC plants are considered the single largest power investment in Sarangani Province and the entire Soccsksargen region. It is majority owned by Alsons Thermal Energy Corp., a partnership between ACR and Global Business Power Corp. while the remaining shares are owned by Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp.

    ACR also began preliminary construction work on the 14.5 MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant worth P4.25 billion at the Siguil River basin in Maasim, Sarangani Province expected to be operational by 2022.

    The company is also preparing for the 105 MW San Ramon Power, Inc. baseload coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City which is slated to begin operations in 2023.