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Philippines coal plant set to come online by Q4 2014

World Coal,

The first unit of a coal-fired power plant in the Philippines is due to begin operations in Q4 2014, according to Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. (TAOEDC).

TAOEDC said that its Batangas coal-fired power plant would be fully online to take up some of the slack during the expected power shortage in the summer of 2015.

According to ABS-CBN News, the project is part of a joint venture with the Ayala group.

TAOEDC president, Francisco Viray, said the 135 MW plant is just the first phase of a 270 MW power complex – part of a project known as the South Luxon Energy Corp.

The second coal-fired unit will come online early in 2015, according to Viray.

“For the next two years, we have our project in joint venture with Ayala. We will be commissioning the first unit by the end of the year, and the second unit [soon] after. After that we will probably get our next major projects after 2020, and these are the service contracts that we have in hydro,” Viray said.

Viray said he believes that the insufficient power supply situation is just seasonal, and he does not see a long-term power crisis as long as the power plants are running.

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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