Plant boosts power supply for Cebu

10/27/2010 - MORE power was supplied to the Cebu-Negros-Panay grid with the synchronization of the 200-megawatt coal-fired power plants in Naga, Cebu yesterday.


At least 20 mw was produced by the first unit of Kepco-SPC Power Corp., a move that Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia described as “a giant leap” toward energy sufficiency.

The coal-fired power plants, whose operation environmentalists have opposed, are expected to be completed next year.


“It could not have come at a more opportune time,” Garcia said, as she pointed out the rotating brownouts that power distributors have been adopting to address the generation shortage.


The governor led the synchronization ceremony at the KSPC Power Plant in Barangay Colon in Naga City yesterday morning.


Officials of Korean Power Corp. (Kepco), Salcon Power Corp., the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Energy, among others, were with her.


“Cebu is booming and we have to sustain this growth and the only way to sustain that is by having adequate power,” Garcia said. She called the synchronization “a giant leap in our long and challenging journey towards energy sufficiency.”


The first unit of Kepco-SPC’s circulating fluidized bed combustion (CFBC) is being tested and commissioned. It will be fully operational by February 2011. The second unit will be ready three months later.


“The result of the grid impact study conducted for the project showed that the power plant will not just increase the supply and reserved capacity but will also contribute to the power quality in the grid,” Kepco-SPC said in a statement.


The CFBC technology, Kepco-SPC said, is the most environment-friendly coal technology available.


During the site visit, Kepco electrical supervisor Elmer Cimafranca said the CFBC gets rid of the production of chemical components nitrous oxide and sulfur oxide.


As part of efforts to eliminate pollution, the plant is equipped with an electrostatic precipitator and gas emission is monitored constantly.


Governor Garcia, in her speech, said the synchronization of the power plant was “a triumph of reason over the distracting noise of misplaced and misinformed advocacy.”


Meanwhile, a proposed itinerary for the court ocular inspection set next month was submitted by Benjamin Cabrido Jr. and Dante Ramos, lawyers for environmentalists.


Their group had filed a petition for an environmental protection order on operators of coal-fired power plants, to stop moving coal combustion residuals or coal ash outside their premises.


The schedule includes inspection of sites of coal ash dumps in the cities of Naga and Toledo and the coal-fired power plants. (Sun Star)

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