Sariaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Sariaya power station is a proposed coal-fired plant in Sariaya, Quezon province, Luzon Island, Philippines.


The map below shows the approximate proposed site of the plant in Sariaya, Quezon province, Luzon Island.

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Background on Plant

The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) approved the proposed plant for a grid impact study (GIS) in October 2016.[1] The plant would be built within the barangays of San Roque, Castanas, and Talata Aplaya.[2] In January 2019 the Quezon Provincial Legislative Board voted to approve the plant as part of a package of developments that include a feedmill, a cement-grinding plant, port facilities and a tank farm.[3] Despite this vote the project had not progressed in more than two years since a grid study was approved in October 2016, and it appears to be shelved.

In July of 2020, reports emerged that SMC's was "pushing forward" with its development of the agro-industrial park in Sariaya, which includes the Sariaya power station. Local groups stated that the development would displace at least 3,000 people, mostly composed of fisherfolk, farmers, and rural poor. Some evictions had already began during that month.[4]

On October 27, 2020 the DOE imposed a moratorium on the construction of new or "greenfield" power plants, meaning those which have yet to begin construction.[5] San Miguel Corporation subsequently announced that its other planned coal plants were cancelled.[6] 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.[7]

The December 2020 DOE report on initiated power projects lists the Sariaya power station as "indicative", but still reports no progress since October 2016 and lists the target completion date as "TBD".[8]

In December of 2020, SMC announced that construction was nearing completion for 450 housing units in Sariaya, near the future site of its agro-industrial complex. It appears that these units are intended to house future workers at the agro-industrial complex, which may include workers at the coal-fired power plant planned as part of the development.[9]

The March 2021 DOE report on indicative power projects no longer lists the Sariaya power station.[10] As of June 2021 the project is cancelled, according to the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.[11] On July 1, 2021 SMC sent a letter to the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) stating that the plant had been "discontinued."[12]

Public opposition

In February 2017 the fisherfolk rights group Pamalakaya-Pilipinas stated its opposition to the project and noted that it would displace or disrupt the lives of 15,000 local residents.[13] In April 2018 the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMJC) organized a protest of the plant with residents of San Roque, Castanas, and Talata Aplaya, and members of the Roman Catholic Church.[2] In January 2019 protestors accused members of the Quezon Provincial Legislative Board of accepting bribes of between P1 million and P2 million from San Miguel Corporation to support the project.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SMC Global Power
  • Parent company: San Miguel Corporation
  • Location: Sariaya, Quezon, Luzon Island, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 13.9147376, 121.572078 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW
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Articles and resources


  1. PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (LUZON) COMMITTED, Philippine Department of Energy, 31 Aug., 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Climate Justice Group and Sariaya communities oppose the construction of San Miguel Corporation 600 MW coal-fired facility, Human Rights Online Philippines, May 1, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oppositors accuse Quezon dads of receiving bribes from San Miguel Corporation, Journal online, Jan. 29, 2019
  4. Justin Umali, 3K Quezon residents to be displaced by SMC projects, Bulatlat, July 17, 2020
  5. Jordeene B. Lagare, DoE issues ban on new coal plants, Manila Times, Oct. 28, 2020
  6. San Miguel to scrap pending coal power plants after gov't ban, Phil Star, Oct. 28, 2020
  7. Philippines mulls ban on greenfield coal-fired plants, IJ Global, Nov. 5, 2020
  8. PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (LUZON) INDICATIVE, Philippine Department of Energy, Dec. 31, 2020
  9. VG Cabuag, SMC nears completion of Sariaya community, Business Mirror, Dec. 2, 2020
  10. LUZON INDICATIVE POWER PROJECTS, Philippines Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2021
  11. Communication with Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, July 2021
  12. SMC dropped 3 coal-fired projects, DoE says in letter to think tank, Business World Online, Jul. 4, 2021
  13. Fisherfolk hits proposed power-plant project in Sariaya, Pamalakaya-Pilipinas, Feb. 1, 2017

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