Maasim, Sarangani–Alsons Power Group on Thursday started the civil works for the second 105-megawatt section of the 210-MW Sarangani Energy Corp. coal-fired power plant here.
President Rodrigo Duterte led the kick-off ceremonies at the Sarangani Energy plant site. The second unit is expected to start operations in 2019, thus providing power to an additional three million residents in provinces of South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur including the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Digos, Dipolog, Koronadal, Kidapawan and Pagadian.
The first unit started delivering power in April last year and currently supplies power to more than three million residents of the provinces of Sarangani, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur; the cities of General Santos, Iligan, Bayugan, Butuan, Samal and Tagum, as well as some key areas in Davao del Norte and South Cotabato.
Duterte also led the ceremonial switch-on of the first unit of the $570-million power plant.
Alsons Consolidated Resources and Sarangani Energy Corp. chairman Tomas Alcantara said in a statement that “access to safe, reliable, and affordable power is essential to development.”