Semirara Molave Coal Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Semirara Molave Coal Project is a proposed expansion of the Molave-Narra coal mines, operated by Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings Inc.. The expansion would increase capacity 8 million tonnes per annum in Panian, Semirara, Caluya, Antique, Philippines.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the mine on Semirara Island, Philippines.

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According to the mine's Project Description for Scoping (PDS, January 2019), the proposal is to raise the mine's capacity from 8 to 16 MTPA. According to the PDS, the project shall supply fuel coal to the 2x350MW expansion of the Calaca power station with an estimated 1.6 to 2.2 million metric tons of coal per year, along with providing coal to heavy industry such as cement manufacturers.[2]

Expansion of the Calaca power station was cancelled on Nov. 9, 2020, and construction contracts were terminated by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. and Meralco Powergen Corp. Meralco's president Rogelio Singson said the plant's cancellation was the result of the DOE's October 2020 moratorium on new greenfield power plants.[3]

Project Details

  • Operator: Semirara Mining and Power Corporation [1]
  • Parent Company: DMCI Holdings Inc. [1]
  • Location: Semirara Island, Philippines.
  • GPS coordinates: 12.101453, 121.377552 (exact)
  • Mine status: Proposed [1]
  • Mineable reserves: 34 million tonnes[1]
  • Coal type: Subbituminous, Bituminous[1]
  • Mine size: 13,000 ha concession[4]
  • Mine depth: 300m[4]
  • Mine type: Surface (open cast)[1]
  • Mine depth:
  • Proposed Production: 8 million tonnes per year[1]
  • Number of employees:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Semirara Mining, SEC FORM 17-C, January 20, 2020, accessed September 20, 2020
  2. Project Description for Scoping: Semirara Molave Coal Expansion Project, Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, January 2019
  3. Meralco, Semirara cancel 700-MW coal plant venture, Manila Standard, Nov. 10, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 Semirara Expansion, accessed November 2020

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