Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Philippines News  >>     >>   Cleaner coal power-the answer?
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     5 November  2011

Cleaner coal power-the answer?
The development of cleaner coal power plants may be the answer to the Philippine’s looming power crisis in the next four years.

John Quirke, Meralco Power Generation Corp. senior vice president for technical development, said during an exclusive roundtable with The Manila Times on Friday that the country has one of the highest electricity rates in the world because of the lack of “modern and efficient” power plants. This problem could also lead to a power shortage in 2015 to 2016.

“Until there is a fresh gas find or stark change in how hydrocarbon is imported in the Philippines, you’re left with stark choice to build a clean coal power plant to meet base load generation needs of Luzon and the Philippines,” Quirke added.

A power crisis may send electricity rates higher and result in brownouts similar to what the country experienced in the 1990s, said Angelo Lantin, Meralco PowerGen senior vice president and head of commercial development.

Meralco PowerGen, a wholly-owned unit of Manila Electric Co., is one of the shareholders in Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc. (RP Energy), which is building the country’s largest circulating fluidized bed coal plant with a capacity of 600 megawatts in Subic.

The total cost of the project, which will come on stream in 2015, will reach $ 1.28 billion.

While one of the targets of building the power plant is to bring down electricity prices, Meralco PowerGen officials said that would depend on various components such as engineering, procurement and construction costs and coal prices.

“We want to build a plant that will provide some protection against these increases in coal prices, make it as efficient as we can,” Quirke said.

“What we do promise to do though is there’ll be no mark-up for us on the price of coal. We will pass that to the consumers without marking it up to the point that we’re not the beneficiary of it at all,” he added.

Lantin said that the company is working hard to dispel the notion that coal plants are major pollutants, having conducted 10 dialogues in the last two months with communities in Zambales, Subic and Olongapo to address their concerns.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    26  October  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Global economics to impact Asean 5 Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• US assistance to Cambodia Asean Affairs Premium

• New environment minister on the warpath

Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Water quality destroys mussel farming
• Report that president paid off insurgents
• Singapore women execs in lower ranks
• Flooding fears in Bangkok

• Property losses in Thai flooding


Asean Analysis              26  October  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis-October 26 Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch      26  October  2011

• Asean Stock Watch-October 26 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand