Coal dominates new Mindanao power projects

Mackay Green Energy looking to expand into clean coal conversion

A total of 700 MW or 80 percent of planned projects in Mindanao for the next two years will be from coal-fired power plants.

The largest coal-fired power plant to enter Mindanao is the 600 MW GNPower Kauswagan Coal-Fired Power Plant op GN Power Kauswagan in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. The second phase of the 100 MW Southern Mindanao Coal-fired Power Station of Sarangani Energy Corporation in Maasim, Sarangani is also expected to push through.

Meanwhile, only 18 percent or 157.11 MW of renewable energy projects will enter the Mindanao grid, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) August 2018 data.

Around 101.8 MW hydro-electric power plants will enter Mindanao. This includes the 43.4 MW Manolo Fortich 1 and the 25.4 MW Manolo Fortich 2 of Hedcor Bukidnon Inc, which is affiliated with AboitizPower; the 25 MW Lake Mainit project of Agusan Power Corporation in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte; and the 8 MW Asiga power project of the Asiga Green Energy Corporation in Agusan del Norte.

A 24.96 MW GenSan Solar Power Project is also expected to rise in General Santos City.

For biomass projects, there will be a total of 30.35 MW capacity. Thr 12.39 MW Biogas Power Plant Project of Biotech Farms, Inc. in Banga, South Cotabato is included; as well as the 5.96 MW Biomass Power Plant Project of Biotech Farms, Inc. located in Tantangan, South Cotabato; 5.5 MW LRC Rice Husk-fired Biomass Power Plant Project of Lamsan Power Corporation in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao; 3.5 MW GEEC Biomass Cogeneration System of Green Earth Enersource Corporation in Maguindanao; and the 3 MW PTCI Rice Husk-Fired Biomass Cogeneration Facility of Philippine Trade Center, Inc. (PTCI) in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

An oil power project is also in the pipeline, the 10.9 MW Nickel Asia Diesel project by Nickel Asia Corporation in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.