Cadiz City power station
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Cadiz City power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Negros Occidental province, the Philippines.
The map below shows the project site, in Banquerohan Barangay, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Province.
Background on Project
North Negros Energy Power, a subsidiary of Asia Pacific Energy Resources Ventures, is currently planning to build a single-unit coal-fired power plant with planned capacity of 150 MW in Negros Occidental Province, with plans to expand to a second 150-MW unit later. The project is expected to cost P14 billion, or about $300 million.
The project is intended to address the power shortage on the island of Negros, particularly in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda. According to company President Ceasar Lao-as, Asia Pacific Energy Resources Ventures, 14 potential investors have expressed in investing in the project. Among potential investors, South Korea's Kepco is a leading prospect. Lao-as said investors need to inject a capital equity estimated at $9.3 million or P404 million and can own up to 40 percent in the development stage and 100 percent in the operational level. In October 2020 KEPCO announced that it would no longer fund new coal plants in other countries, with the exception of Vung Ang-2 power station in Vietnam and Jawa-9 and Jawa-10 power stations in Indonesia.
Environmental permits for Unit 1 were issued in February 2015, at which time APERVI stated that it would be awarding the project's engineering, procurement, & construction (EPC) contract in May or June, following a bidding process. The unit was then slated to be completed in Q1 2017. In March 2015 APERVI signed coal supply agreements with Energy Earth Public Co. of Thailand for supply of coal from Indonesia; the company stated that it planned to begin construction by late 2015 or early 2016. A date for Unit 2 construction had not yet been set.
In February 2016 Cadiz mayor Patrick Escalante expressed reservations about the project, saying the city had enough power, and that Negros Occidental was now primarily focused on renewable energy generation. According to the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) Mayor Escalante has since been less opposed to the plant and it remains in development. However with no progress on the project in more than two years it appears to be shelved.
On October 27, 2020 the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) imposed a moratorium on the construction of new or "greenfield" coal-fired power plants, meaning those which have yet to begin construction. In November 2020 DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi clarified that projects listed as "indicative" by the DOE would still be considered and might still be developed.
The Cadiz City power station was not listed in the December 2020 report on initiated power projects for Visayas. Given the moratorium on new coal-fired power plants, it is unclear whether the Cadiz City powers station will proceed.
On November 21-23, 2012, various groups in a caravan protested the mining activities in Sagay City, including the coal-fired power plant in Cadiz City. The groups rejected the Cadiz City plant because “it poses a great threat to people’s lives due to hazardous elements that would be released in the atmosphere.” The caravan started in San Carlos City and ended in Bacolod City. The groups included the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and the “No to Mining and Coal Alliance” (NOMICA).
On February 2, 2016, Greenpeace Philippines released a report titled, “Coal: A Public Health Crisis,” which outlined the health hazards of coal on the Philippines. The report opposed the Cadiz City power plant, citing that the province would suffer from increased SO2, NOx, and PM10 emissions.
Provincial ban on coal plants
In 2014, Asia Pacific Energy Venture Inc. (Apervi) became part of Sparkling Commodities after Sparkling Commodities, a French company, acquired majority shares of Apervi through its subsdiary Sparkling Capital Ltd of Hong Kong.
Sparkling Commodities completed a coal terminal at the Cadiz City Port in 2014. It uses the terminal to deliver coal to Negros Occidental.
- Sponsor: North Negros Energy Power Corp.
- Parent: Asia Pacific Energy Resources Ventures (APERVI), owned by Sparkling Commodities
- Location: Banquerohan Barangay, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Province, Philippines
- Coordinates: 10.95246, 123.33157 (exact)
- Status: Shelved
- Gross Capacity: 300 MW (Phase I Unit 1: 150 MW; Phase II Unit 2: 150 MW)
- Type: Subcritical
- Projected in service:
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- Coal Source:
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- Cadiz Coal-Fired Power Plant, Wikimapia, accessed Feb. 2015.
- Mozo, Malou. Negros power plant open to partnership. Manila Bulletin, 4 Dec. 2013.
- Mozo, Malou. North Negros coal-fired power plant on schedule. Manila Bulletin, 23 Feb. 2015.
- “No more overseas coal power projects,” says South Korea’s Kepco, Global Construction Review, Oct. 16, 2020
- Dagooc, Ehda. Power firm secures ECC to build coal-fired plant. Philippine Star, 23 Feb. 2015.
- Carla Gomez, 3 contracts inked for P15B coal plant, Visayan Daily Star, 31 Mar. 2015.
- "Coal terminal boosts income of Cadiz City," Sun Star, February 26, 2016
- Communication with Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, June 2020
- Jordeene B. Lagare, DoE issues ban on new coal plants, Manila Times, Oct. 28, 2020
- Philippines mulls ban on greenfield coal-fired plants, IJ Global, Nov. 5, 2020
- PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (VISAYAS) INDICATIVE, Philippine Department of Energy, Dec. 31, 2020
- PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (VISAYAS) COMMITTED, Philippine Department of Energy, Dec. 31, 2020
- “Multi-Sectoral Groups Protest Mining in Negros”, CBCP Online Radio, November 22, 2012.
- “Coal: A Public Health Crisis”, Greenpeace Philippines, February 2, 2016.
- NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BANS COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS, Philippine Department of Energy, Mar. 6, 2019
- Coal ban not law but ‘strong policy’, Philippine Inquirer, Mar. 11, 2019
- Aileen Garcia-Yap, Apervi eyes aggressive expansions in power sector," Cebu Daily News, June 16, 2014