Malabuyoc power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Malabuyoc power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant proposed in Cebu Province, the Philippines.


The map below shows the location of Malabuyoc, the approximate location where the plant is being built, in Cebu Province.

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Background on Project

According to the Philippine Star, in early 2015 SMC Global Power Holdings, part of San Miguel Corp. (SMC), was given the green light to conduct a grid impact study for three coal-fired power plants: a 600-MW coal plant in Malabuyoc, Cebu, a 600-MW facility in Batangas City and a 1,200-MW plant in Mariveles, Bataan.[1]

A Transmission System Impact Statement (SIS) for the project was issued on July 24, 2017.[2] September 2018 listings by the DOE list the project as consisting of one 300-MW unit, with the target completion date listed as "TBD".[2] As of November 2019 the project had not progressed in more than two years and appears to be shelved.

On October 27, 2020 the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) imposed a moratorium on the construction of new or "greenfield" power plants, meaning those which have yet to begin construction.[3] San Miguel Corporation subsequently announced that its planned greenfield coal plants were cancelled.[4] 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.[5]

The Malubuyoc power station is still listed in the December 2020 Philippines DOE report as "indicative", but the project's estimated completion date is still marked "TBD", and no updates have been reported since the July 2017 Transmission System Impact Statement.[6] The project is no longer listed in the March 2021 DOE report on indicative power projects in Visayas.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SMC Global Power Holdings
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Malabuyoc, Cebu Province, Central Visayas, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 9.6641941, 123.3516008 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross capacity: 300 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
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  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Iris Gonzalez, "New power player plans 700-MW Cam Norte coal plant," Philippines Star, April 30, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2018 Private Sector initiated power projects in Visayas (indicative) Philippine Department of Energy, 30 Sep., 2018
  3. Jordeene B. Lagare, DoE issues ban on new coal plants, Manila Times, Oct. 28, 2020
  4. San Miguel to scrap pending coal power plants after gov't ban, Phil Star, Oct. 28, 2020
  5. Philippines mulls ban on greenfield coal-fired plants, IJ Global, Nov. 5, 2020
  6. PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (VISAYAS) INDICATIVE, Philippine Department of Energy, Dec. 31, 2020
  7. VISAYAS INDICATIVE POWER PROJECTS, Philippines Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2021

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