5 foreign firms bid to build Zamboanga coal-fired plant

ALSONS Power Group, the energy business of the Alcantara family, has received bid proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of its 105-megawatt (MW) San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) coal-fired power plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City.

Five global construction and engineering companies based in China, Singapore and India have submitted proposals. These are Dongfang Electric International Corp. headquartered in Chengdu, China; Singapore-based Jurong Engineering Ltd.; Northeast No.1 Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd.—a wholly owned subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group; Shandong Electric Power Construction Co.—a subsidiary of Power Construction Corp. of China; and Pune, India-based ThyssenKrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp AG. SRPI Project Manager Archimedes Donato expressed satisfaction that five reputable firms with extensive international experience have submitted bid proposals for the plant.

“The people of Zamboanga City and nearby areas can look forward to a state-of-the-art baseload power plant right here in the city to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity,” he said.

The plant will provide baseload power to Zamboanga City and nearby areas.  Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2019 while commercial operations are set to commence in 2022. Once operational, the plant will play a crucial role in stabilizing power supply in the Zamboanga peninsula.

Alsons Power Vice President for Project Development Joseph Nocos echoed Donato’s sentiments and underscored Alsons Power’s commitment to bring the project to completion.

“These bid submissions are a testimony to the keen interest the SRPI project has generated and are a vote of confidence to the future of Zamboanga City,” he said.

Alsons Power, Mindanao’s first and most experienced independent power producer, currently operates four power facilities in the island with a total generating capacity of 363 MW serving key cities such as Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iligan, General Santos and Zamboanga.

Alsons Power is also entering the renewable- energy sphere through run-of-river hydroelectric power projects with a total hydro capacity potential totaling more than 145 MW in Negros Occidental, Sarangani, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, the two Agusan Provinces, and Surigao del Sur.

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She studied at Letran College. Named the Best Telecommunications and Energy reporter by Ejap in the past years; also received an award for best feature story.