The Subcommittee on Power of the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) visited the coal-fired plant of the KEPCO-SPC Power Corporation in Barangay Colon, City of Naga in Cebu on 19 May 2016.
The KEPCO-SPC Power Plant has a rated capacity of 206 MW and provides about 10 percent of the requirements of the Visayas grid. Construction of the plant was started in December 2007 and was completed in May 2011. The sub-bituminous coal it uses as fuel is sourced from Indonesia. Its franchise areas consist of distribution utilities in Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Leyte.
The company has introduced environmental protection mechanisms in the operation of the coal-fired power plant. These include the electrostatic precipitator which reduces dust emission; water and wastewater treatment system to ensure that its wastewater meets standards; use of seawater, instead of groundwater, for the plant’s cooling system; and closed coal unloading system so that coal from the jetty are transported to the coal yard to avoid dust from spreading. A sanitary treatment system and air emission and environmental monitoring system were also established. The boiler system also uses limestone to absorb part of the emission.
Prior to the plant visit and tour of its facilities, the Subcommittee held its second quarter meeting at the plant’s board room. Discussed, among others, was the proposed amendment to the RDC Central Visayas guidelines on the DOE Energy Regulations (ER) No. 1-94 regional share. This is in light of the creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) where one province, Negros Oriental, was transferred to NIR.
The members expressed their appreciation to the company president, Mr. Chiang Yong Cho, for graciously hosting the meeting and the plant visit. The body also approved KSPC’s membership to the Subcommittee.