King-king Project power station

From Global Energy Monitor

King-king Project power station is a proposed 160-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant at the proposed King-King gold/copper mine in Compostela Valley Province, Philippines.


The map below shows the location of King-King Barangay, the approximate location where the plant would be built, in Pantukan Municipality, Compostela Valley Province.

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Background on Project

In October 2013, Canadian company St. Augustine Gold & Copper announced plans to build a two-unit, 160-MW coal-fired power plant (along with an additional 29-MW oil-fired unit) on the grounds of its King-king gold and copper mining complex in Compostela Valley Province. The power plant would provide an assured power source for the mining operations. Prospective financing for the entire project had already been lined up and it was expected to enter commercial operation in 2017.[1] Total costs for the project are expected to run to $2 billion, with an expected 22-year lifespan.[2] St. Augustine has contracted with the Philippine company Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR) for the mine's development.[3]

St. Augustine's environmental impact study (EIS) application was returned by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in March 2014, specifying "issues" that needed to be resolved before the project could be approved.[4] The EMB granted the project's environmental compliance certificate (ECC) in March 2015. The ECC is required for the final submission of the Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility, the final permit required to commence construction.[3] In May 2012, St. Augustine announced that it had completed and submitted the DMPF for approval by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. Meanwhile the internal dispute within the company remained unresolved.[5]

A dispute over the ownership of NADECOR has apparently caused delays in the project.[6]

In January 2016, St. Augustine announced that the Mines and Geosciences Bureau had approved the declaration of mining project feasibility (DMPF) for the mine. The announcement did not include any specific information about the associated coal plant.[7]

In February 2017, the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources held a press conference in which the DENR Secretary stated that the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement for St. Augustine was one of 75 MPSAs recommended for cancellation. St. Augustine stated that they would continue to pursue the project.[8][9]

Local opposition

On January 27, 2016, Teresita Navacilla, an anti-mining activist and the chair of Purok Bardown in King-king Barangay, was shot by unknown assailants; she died three days later. The shooters, who escaped by motorcycle, were believed to be military agents. Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of the human rights organization Karapatan-Southern Mindanao, stated that “the only persons set to benefit from Navacilla’s demise are the mining corporations deadly eager to plunder mineral wealth and displace entire civilian communities, along with the military units paid by these corporations to bulldoze the people’s resistance to these corporate landgrabbing."[10][11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: St. Augustine Gold & Copper
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Pantukan Municipality, Compostela Valley Province, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 7.176, 125.972 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 160 MW (Units 1 & 2: 80 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Carmelito Francisco. Miner planning 189-MW power plant complex. Business World, 16 Oct. 2013.
  2. Henry Lazenby. St Augustine announces ‘robust’ economics for Philippine flagship. Mining Weekly, 19 Sept. 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Czeriza Valencia. King-king project secures ECC for $2-B copper-gold project. Philippine Star, 4 March 2015.
  4. Allan Nawal. Operations at King-king mine seen to start in 2017. Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 Apr. 2015.
  5. "St. Augustine Gold & Copper Ltd. Announces Completion and Submittal of the Declaration of Mine Project Feasibility For the King-king Project," St. Augustine Gold & Copper, May 14, 2015
  6. Anna Leah Gonzales. St. Augustine gets environment clearance on King-king mine. Manila Standard Today, 3 Mar. 2015.
  7. "St. Augustine Receives Last Major Permit for King-king Mine," Copper Investing News, January 6, 2016
  8. St. Augustine Gold & Copper Provides Update on MPSA, St. Augustine Gold & Copper Ltd. press release, 21 Feb. 2017.
  9. MGB laments DENR order, but environmentalists happy, Davao Today, 16 Feb. 2017.
  10. Anti-Mining Woman Activist Dies Three Days After Shooting; Karapatan Condemns Rise of Killings, Karapatan press release, 30 Jan. 2016.
  11. Woman anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley dies, Campaign for Human Rights Philippines, 31 Jan. 2016.

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