Deferment of 900-MW coal plant project hailed

PHINMA EYES 2023

LINGAYEN–Leaders of Save Sual Movement (SSM) hailed the decision of Phinma Energy Corp. to defer a planned 900-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Sual town due to an oversupply of coal projects.

Phinma had announced it is considering constructing the coal plant in 2023 to 2025 because of its assessment that there are already a lot of coal plants operating and being constructed in the country.

Alex Rigonan, former vice mayor and an adviser of the SSM that opposed the project, told local newsmen here, “That’s good news to the people of Sual. At least we can now sleep soundly.”

He said they have spent sleepless nights the past months thinking about the hazards that may be brought about by another coal-fired power plant in this town.

He said they are hosting the biggest coal-fired power plant in the Philippines that produces 1,200 megawatts of electricity, thus there should be no more need to build another 900-MW plant.

Based on a newspaper report, Phinma Energy president Francisco Viray said the company will defer the construction for the next eight to 10 years.

“But yes, we would be relieved for the next eight years and we’re thankful for that,” Rigonan said.

“We are doing this for the future generation,” he said and added “SSM will continue to be vigilant of the happenings in Sual. “

Meanwhile, Rosanna Marie Soriano, chairperson of SSM, said, ” We at Save Sual Movement, will never allow any project in the name of progress, that would harm our lives and affect our environment and the livelihood of most of our poor people”.

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) also lauded the decision of Phinma to defer their planned 900-MW coal-fired power plant in Sual, However, the group advises Phinma to totally cancel the project and, instead invest in renewable energy projects. (Tita Roces)