KEPCO Subic Bay power station

From Global Energy Monitor

KEPCO Subic Bay power station was a proposed 200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Zambales Province, Philippines. (This project is separate from another proposed plant in the area, the 600 MW Subic power station by Redondo Peninsula Energy.)


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Background on Plant

In 2011 KEPCO Philippines Corp. (a subsidiary of the Korean Electric Power Company) announced it was planning to put up a 200- to 300-megawatt coal plant in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, to supply electricity for ship builder Hanjin Heavy Industries located in Subic Bay.[1]

In Nov. 2011, an official with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) confirmed that KEPCO Philippines Corp. had applied to build a coal plant in Subic Bay -- in addition to Redondo Peninsula Energy's Subic power station, which was already proposed and facing public opposition.[2] The official confirmed that SBMA received a request for a feasibility study for the project, but said, “I doubt it is feasible to produce power for one locator only."[1]

On Dec. 6, 2012, at an energy investment summit, KEPCO Philippines President Kyu-Beng Hwang stated that the company was still planning on building a coal plant in the Philippines — although he did state that the project site "has yet to be determined."[3] Several days later, the chair of the SBMA, Roberto Garcia, stated that the construction of KEPCO's additional coal plant in Subic Bay was "not going to happen. We won't allow that." Garcia also stated that "as I understand it, they have already changed the location of the project to Bataan."[4] In 2013 it was reported that a memorandum of understanding allowing the proposed power station was signed between the Philippine and Korean governments in 2011, but KEPCO later decided to consider another location for its proposed coal facility, and was looking at potential sites in Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.[5]

In March 2015, after several years without any mention of this project, KEPCO again stated that it was planning on pursuing the project. It is unclear whether the difficulties that faced the plant earlier have been surmounted.[6]

According to a March 2015 article in Philippine Star, KEPCO is "keen on" working with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. to build a 200 MW coal plant that will cater to the electricity requirements of Hanjin in the Subic Bay Economic Zone.[7]

However, as of May 2019 there have been no developments on the project. With only an expression of interest in March 2015, the project appears to be cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO) Philippines Corp.
  • Location: Subic Bay, the Philippines
  • Coordinates: 14.850474, 120.205317 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 200 MW
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With President Benigno Aquino III supporting the KEPCO (Korean Electric Power Corporation) power plant, environmental activists expressed strong opposition. For example, the national coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Clemente Bautista, said that “the Aquino administration is 100% promoting and supporting dirty and pollutive coal power plants as a source of energy in the country.” Cebu residents and environmental groups, such as the Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center, Inc (FIDEC) and the Network Opposed to Coal Fired Power Plant (NO to Coal Power) also led protests against the KEPCO plant, citing risks for the environment and local populations’ health.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthony Bayarong, "Another coal-powered plant eyed in Subic," Sun Star, November 22, 2011.
  2. Another Coal Plant Eyed in Subic, Subic Times, Nov. 22, 2011.
  3. KEPCO to Push Through with 200 MW Power Project, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dec. 7, 2012.
  4. SBMA: Coal Plant Means Subic's Death, Inquirer, Dec. 8, 2012.
  5. "Kepco in search of power plant site," Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 21, 2013.
  6. Ritchie Horario, 2 new Kephilco power plants to add 500 MW, Manila Times, 15 Mar. 2015.
  7. Iris C. Gonzales, "Kepco gears up for new Philippine project," Philippine Star, March 16, 2015
  8. “Aquino support for coal-fired plants slammed; groups say he lacks ‘environmental leadership’”, Bulatlat, July 1, 2011.

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