Sual power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Sual power station is a 1,294 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the Philippines.[1][2]

Plans to expand the plant appear to have been abandoned.


The undated satellite photo below shows the existing plant, which is located near the Lingayen Gulf in Sual, Pangasinan, Philippines

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Background on plant

The Sual power station began operating in 1999.[1][3] The ownership and administration of the plant is described as follows:[4]

This power plant is owned by TeaM Energy, which is a joint venture between Marubeni Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Corporation... It was built pursuant to an ECA with NPC under a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme that expires on October 24, 2024. On August 28, 2009, San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC) successfully bid for the appointment to be the IPPA for the Sual Power Plant and received a notice of award on September 1, 2009.

SMEC assumed administration of the Sual power plant on November 6, 2009 in accordance with an IPPA agreement entered into with PSALM.

In August 2022, plant sponsor SMC issued a formal notice stating that they sought to terminate their power supply agreement in October. Among other "circumstances", the corporation cited high energy costs and energy security concerns as their reasoning for renegotiation.[5]


In October 2014, an oil leak from the plant spilled an unspecified amount of oil into nearby Baquioen Bay, near an area where villagers have fish cages. Company officials said afterwards that since "fishermen can [still] be seen fishing," there was clearly no significant impact to fisheries.[6]


In 2010 and 2011, several press reports described consideration of a 400-600 MW expansion of the power station.[7] In November 2015, plant officials stated that there was "no plans for expansion" of the plant, indicating that earlier plans had been cancelled.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.
  • Parent company: San Miguel Corporation
  • Location: Sual, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 16.125, 120.100556 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating
    • Unit 2: Operating
    • Unit 3: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 647 MW[9]
    • Unit 2: 647 MW[9]
    • Unit 3: 400-600 MW expansion
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sual Coal Power Plant Philippines," Global Energy Observatory, accessed May 2012
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  3. "Our Plants: Sual Power Station," TeaM Energy website, accessed March 2014
  4. "Power and Energy," San Miguel Corporation, accessed March 2014
  5. SMC seeks termination of PSAs with Meralco, Manila Bulletin, 23 Aug. 2022.
  6. Visperas, Eva. Sual power plant execs to cooperate on oil leak probe. Philippine Star, 30 Oct. 2014.
  7. "SMEC plans 600 MW Sual Expansion," Black and Hot, July 14, 2011
  8. No expansion plan for Sual Power Plant, Pangasinan Sunday Punch, 29 Nov. 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Communication with Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, July 2021

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