Mine-mouth coal plant to rise in Semirara Island
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) of the Consunji family and the Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of a mine-mouth power plant in Antique.
SMPC will construct a mine-mouth plant with a capacity of up to 50 megawatt (MW) in Semirara Island and the National Transmission Corp. (Transco) will enable the construction of the transmission lines.
Meanwhile, the DOE will endorse the power project as an Energy Project of National Significance under Executive Order No. 30 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte last June.
“We assisted the development of a mine-mouth coal-fired power plant or a power plant using indigenous coal as fuel to address the growth in the baseload demand and required reserves of Semirara Island along with the other neighboring islands and provinces,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.
“It will provide reliable, secured and much more affordable power to Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, and even Palawan, which already signified interest,” he added.