Isabel Copper power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Isabel Copper power station is a proposed 200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station by Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (PASAR) for Isabel, Leyte, the Philippines.


The undated satellite photo below shows the PASAR smelting operations in Isabel Municipality, Leyte Province, where the coal plant would be located.[1]

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Background on Plant

The Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR) is currently planning to build a 200-MW coal power plant and copper refinery expansion at the Isabel copper smelter & refinery, the only such facility in the Philippines. The $300-million coal plant is expected to be operational by 2016. With the $600-million copper-refinery expansion, Pasar is expected to increase its plant capacity from 700,000 tons to 1.2 million tons of copper. President Aquino presided over a symbolic inauguration of the project in September 2012.[2]

According to a 2013 article, talks were being held between Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (PASAR) and three power producers considering a commitment to receive the excess energy from the plant beyond the 70 MW needed by the smelter. The companies in talks with PASAR are GN Power Ltd. of the Netherlands, GDF-Suez of Switzerland and Electricity Generating Public Co. Ltd. (Egco) of Thailand. Once an agreement was made, a feasibility study would be conducted, requiring about six months. According to a source for PASAR, a grid impact study had already been completed with National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. Groundbreaking was projected for the fourth quarter of the year.[3]

More recent reports about the project are not available, and information on it is not available on a Department of Energy list of active projects. As of November 2017, there has been no progress on the project in over four years, and it appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR)
  • Location: PASAR plant, Isabel Municipality, Leyte Province, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 10.8945865, 124.4360876 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 200 MW
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Articles and resources


  1. "PASAR (Isabel, Leyte)," Wikimapia, accessed December 2013
  2. Chichi Conde, "Aquino opens $600-million smelting facility, $300-million coal plant in Leyte,", September 26, 2012.
  3. Linda Lectura, "Pasar plans to put up 200-MW power plant in Leyte refinery," ABS-CBN News, February 7, 2013 (Google cache)

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