Alsons set to select Zamboanga power plant EPC contractor

Two global construction and engineering contractors have been shortlisted out of five companies that initially submitted bid proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Alsons Power Group’s planned 105-megawatt (MW) San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) coal-fired power plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City.

The plant will provide baseload power to Zamboanga City and nearby areas.  Preliminary engineering and design work is expected to begin within the fourth quarter of 2019 while commercial operations are set to commence in 2023. Once operational, the plant will play a crucial role in providing baseload power to Zamboanga City and stabilizing power supply in the Zamboanga peninsula.

The SRPI plant’s shortlisted EPC bidders are Northeast No.1 Electric Power Construction CO., Ltd. (NEPC) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group; Shandong Electric Power Construction Company (SEPCO III) – a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China.

Shenyang City, China- based NEPC was founded in 1951 and has been engaged in major power projects in China, Mongolia, Iraq, Turkey, and the Philippines.  SEPCO III founded in 1985, is headquartered in Qingdao City, China and has been involved in key power projects in China, Nigeria, India, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina and various South East Asian countries.

The two firms edged out  three other multinational engineering and construction companies that bidded for the SRPI power plant contract.

SRPI project manager Engr. Archimedes Donato earlier expressed satisfaction that up to five reputable firms with extensive international experience have submitted bid proposals for the plant. “The people of Zamboanga City and nearby areas can look forward to a state-of-the-art baseload power plant right here in the city to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity,” he said. 

Alsons Power Vice President for Project Development Joseph Nocos echoed Donato’s sentiments and underscored Alsons Power’s commitment to bring the project to completion. “These bid submissions are a testimony to the keen interest the SRPI project has generated and are a vote of confidence to the future of Zamboanga City,” he pointed out.

Alsons Power, Mindanao’s first and most experienced independent power producer, currently operates four bunker diesel and coal power facilities in the island with a total generating capacity of 363 MW serving key cities such as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, General Santos and Zamboanga.   

Alsons Power is also entering the renewable energy sphere through run-of-river hydroelectric power projects with a total hydro capacity potential totaling more than 145 MW in Negros Occidental, Sarangani, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, the two Agusan Provinces, and Surigao del Sur. 

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