Sunday, 17 January 2021

Duterte inaugurates second 105-megawatt energy plant in Maasim

TINOTO, Maasim, Sarangani (November 26, 2019) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday (November 22) led the inauguration of the second 105-megawatt baseload power plant of Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) at Maasim, Sarangani Province.

During the event, President Duterte also formally launched the construction of the Siguil Hydro Power Corp. (SHPC), a 14.5-megawatt hydroelectric power plant located at the Siguil River Basin in Maasim.

The second coal-fired power plant is part of the 210-megawatt investment worth $570-million by the Alsons Power Group, said to be the single largest power investment in the entire Region 12.

It will provide power to areas of Cagayan de Oro, Dapitan, Dipolog, Digos, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Pagadian; changing the lives of more than six million people.

During the event, President Duterte acknowledged the efforts of Mindanao leaders for contributing to the improvement of the power situation on the island.

“I am pleased to note that since June 2016, the power supply in Mindanao has greatly improved. From experiencing power deficiencies which resulted in power interruptions in the past, it currently has excess power generation,” the President said during his speech.

A huge part of Mindanao including Sarangani Province used to suffer from back-to-back rotational brownouts with some lasting to around 12-hours per day.

Duterte underscored the importance of reliable and affordable energy towards the economic growth of an area. He said that not only this support the economy, a continuous and dependable supply of energy also contributes towards political stability.

"Siguro naman sa mga politiko, mahirap na magdaya ngayong 2022 with the kind of brightness that we are about to experience," the President said in jest.

Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta proudly noted that the province will be hosting Alsons Power’s first venture into the renewable energy sphere with the construction of the Siguil Hydropower Project.

The run-of-river hydro plant is the first of eight hydropower projects that the company will be constructing including one in Zamboanga, and Negros Occidental, and a solar energy project in Alabel. (JR/Sarangani Communications Service)

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