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Philippines’ first supercritical power plant expands grid capacity, ensures stable, cost-effective power supply

Manila, The Philippines (29 October 2019) – The Philippines is enhancing its infrastructure resilience in anticipation of rapidly escalating energy demands, driven by strong economic and population growth.

The San Buenaventura Power Ltd. Co. (SBPL) Power Plant is one of the core infrastructure projects reflecting the Philippines’ planning and foresight.

The SBPL Power Plant is the first coal-fired power plant in the Philippines to use supercritical technology. Advanced coal-fired power generation technologies, such as supercritical technology, increase operating efficiency, which results in lower fuel usage and air emissions, including carbon dioxide.

SBPL appointed Black & Veatch as the Owner’s Engineer for the 500MW project in Quezon.

“Black & Veatch’s contribution on the engineering effort and site construction management was key to the successful implementation of a very challenging project. Our joint venture partners MGEN and New Growth B.V, as well as our project team appreciate the efforts, support and professionalism shown by the Black & Veatch engineers throughout the implementation of the project,” said Frank Thiel, General Manager, SBPL. 

The SBPL Power Plant is located adjacent to the existing Quezon Power Plant and achieved commercial operations status in September 2019. The SBPL Power Plant project team overcame significant challenges, including a remote project location; a monsoon prone, tropical environment; and construction and integration of the new plant with the existing, operating plant, which is co-located on an extremely small plant site.

“This project demonstrates that established regional experts delivering global best practice, tailored to local needs, can successfully minimize risks. Our proximity to both the client and project site allowed us to be responsive to the client's needs and understand local project requirements,” said Josh Johnson, Project Manager, Black & Veatch.

SBPL is a joint venture between New Growth B.V. and MGen. MGen is the power generation arm of power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), and New Growth B.V. is a subsidiary of Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) of Thailand.

As owner’s engineer, Black & Veatch is responsible for design review, equipment shop inspections, administration of the EPC contract, and construction monitoring.

The SBPL project is another example of Black & Veatch’s continuing growth in the industry, leading power plant engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), consulting engineering, and power plant operations and maintenance expertise in the Philippines, since the early 1990s.

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Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch has been involved in the project development effort of the Quezon Power II expansion project since 2008, providing technical advisory support that successfully addressed project complexities. The SBPL Power Plant is part of the expansion program. Black & Veatch had previously supported Meralco and EGCO with their projects in Thailand and the Philippines respectively.
  • Black & Veatch was the prime EPC provider at Therma South Units 1 & 2 near Davao City, Philippines. The project was the first major power facility to come online in nearly 10 years in Mindanao to serve an expanding economy and population in the region. The plant features the country’s first coal dome, designed in accordance to the environmental requirements set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines.
  • Black & Veatch has served Philippines for over 30 years, in the field of electricity generation, providing EPC, Owner’s Engineer, and Technical Services on numerous hydroelectric, oil steam, natural gas, and coal fueled power generation plants.  

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