Balingasag power station

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Balingasag power station is an operating power station of at least 165-megawatts (MW) in Mandangoa, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Balingasag power station Mandangoa, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines 8.766, 124.767 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 3, Unit 2, Unit 1: 8.766, 124.767

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 3 operating coal - unknown 55 circulating fluidized bed 2017
Unit 2 operating coal - unknown 55 circulating fluidized bed 2017
Unit 1 operating coal - unknown 55 circulating fluidized bed 2017

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 3 Mindanao Energy Systems Inc (Minergy) [100.0%]
Unit 2 Mindanao Energy Systems Inc (Minergy) [100.0%]
Unit 1 Mindanao Energy Systems Inc (Minergy) [100.0%]

Background on Project

In September 2017 Minergy Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of Cayagan Electric Power & Light (CEPALCO), commissioned a three-unit coal-fired power plant with total capacity of 165 MW in Misamis Oriental Province.[1] Total cost of the project was slated to be P14.5 billion, or $330 million. CEPALCO began pursuing the project in 2002. The project was initially for two 55-MW units, with the option to build a third; CEPALCO decided to move ahead with all three units in 2014.

An application for environmental permits was submitted in June 2013.[2] In February 2014, CEPALCO signed a construction contract with Mitsubishi|Mitsubishi Corporation and Toshiba|Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation. Construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2017.[3]

The Vivant Corporation bought a 40% share in the project in May 2014.[4] Construction was 98% complete as of the end of 2016.[5] The power plant began operating in September of 2017.[6]

Satellite imagery from Planet shows construction progress from January 2016 to March 2018.

Financing

  • Source of financing: US$58,098,363 in equity from Vivant; debt financing from various banks

Financial close for units 1 and 2 was reached in January 2014, and financial close for unit 3 was reached in May 2014. Financing was secured from various banks. However, details about the debt financing are not available.[7] Vivant contributed P2.8 billion in equity towards the project.[8]

Environmental Impact

Residents complained about environmental and health impacts of the plant after it went into operation in September 2017, including "asthma, LBM, dizziness, sore eyes and vertigo."[9] Residents have also complained that warm water being emitted by the plant is killing marine life near the plant. According to Vice Governor Joey Pelaez, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Northern Mindanao will attempt to determine the causes of fish kills in the area.[9] As of May 2021, the power plant does not appear to have adjusted any of its operating procedures in response to these complaints.

In December 2021, a report of ongoing pollution was brought to the Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental. Residents reported that the sea water was warming and fish were unusually dying as a result of pipes from the plant. There were also colloquial reports of visible ash in the air, health concerns and low agricultural production related to the power station.[10]

Opposition

In Mangangoa, Balingasag town of the Philippines, the Provincial Board of Miamis Oriental conducted a public hearing where residents were able to express complaints against the Balingasag power plant nearby on December 6, 2017. Residents complained about unusual warming of the seawater that was allegedly killing fish in the area, foul odor and loud noises from the power plant, mountains of ashes from the plant’s stock pile, and an increase in health problems and low agricultural productivity in rice paddies. Though these complaints started in September 2017, the Board claims that no one has addressed these concerns, especially the company in charge of the Balingasag power plant, called Minergy.[11]

In November 2017, the New People’s Army (NPA) was supposedly going to target the Balingasag power plant. The Philippine National Police (PNP) subsequently stepped up security around the power plant.[12]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. List Of Existing Power Plants, Department of Energy, 31 December 2017
  2. Cepalco plans to embed coal power from sister firm, Mindanao Gold Star Daily, 8 June 2013.
  3. Mitsubishi to Build Coal Fired Power Plant in the Philippines, Mitsubishi press release, 6 Feb. 2014.
  4. Euan Añonuevo. Vivant to invest in Misamis Oriental coal-fired power project. InterAksyon, 12 May 2014.
  5. Private Sector Initiated Power Projects (Mindanao) - Committed, Philippines Department of Energy, 30 Apr. 2017.
  6. https://www.doe.gov.ph/sites/default/files/pdf/electric_power/electric_power_plants_mindanao_december_2020-03_may-2021.pdf LIST OF EXISTING POWER PLANTS (GRID-CONNECTED) AS OF DECEMBER 2020], Philippines Department of Energy, 31 Dec. 2021
  7. "PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (MINDANAO) COMMITTED As of 30 April 2017" (PDF). April 30, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. vivant-aims-maintain-growth-it-sharpens-brand-547589 (2017-06-15). "Cebu power firm aims to maintain growth as it sharpens brand". Sunstar. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Coal plant pollution in Balingasag to be investigated, SunStar Cebu, Dec. 11, 2017
  10. “MINERGY POWER PLANT POLLUTION IN BALINGASAG, MIS OR”, About Cagayan De Oro, December 13, 2021.
  11. “Coal plant pollution in Balingasag to be investigated”, Sunstar Philippines, December 11, 2017.
  12. “NPAs targeting Minergy plant in Balingasag, PNP says”, Mindanao Daily, November 14, 2017.

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