PROPOSED SUBIC COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS
Olongapo City, Philippines
Opposing a deal after it has been approved by concerned authorities is an exercise in futility. The consortium of three (3) giant power generation companies inked on September 02, 2011 a shareholders’ agreement for the construction of two 300-megawatt coal fired power plants proposed Subic Coal Power Plant to be constructed in the Subic Freeport Zone.
Meralco PowerGen Corporation of the Manila Electric Company acquired a majority share in the Redondo Peninsula Energy (RP Energy), a 50-50 joint venture company organized purposely by Aboitiz Power’s subsidiary Therma Power, Inc. and Taiwan Cogeneration International Corporation for the construction and operation of the proposed Subic Bay power plant, which is projected to start operations in 2014.
There are groups now prominently very noisy against the proposed projects. Does the noise they make really meant to snowball the coal power plant? Or a certain consideration from the proponents and builders is necessary in order to silence and dissipate the resistance?
The noise the groups make is deafening and glaring through the tarpaulin announcements of their opposition and non acceptance. Let it be recalled that during the 90s, the Masinloc Coal Fired Power Plant was bitterly opposed but the resistance groups then, did not succeed. The plant was successfully built and commissioned to operate up to the present which provides needed energy for the Luzon grid. Nevertheless, it has destroyed and continues to ruin the ecological balance within its vicinity and underlying areas. Farmers complain of poor or no mango production and fisher folks cry due to low or no fish catch at all within the Masinloc Bay. Furthermore, people in the area experience persistent incidence of respiratory illnesses and diseases. Indeed, it was noisily opposed but, became a precedent that dominated the forces resistance with a tag of silencing considerations sufficient for the groups to swallow the nuisance they had created.
The proposed Subic Coal Fired Power Plants are highly believed that they can go through the noisy oppositions like the Masinloc Coal Power Plant suffered but at the end of the day, it will ride over and defeat all those contradicting camps to achieve the reality of their establishments as deliberately planned.