LUNA, La Union – The proposed P80-billion coal-fired power plant to be situated in a 41 hectare lot in barangays Carisquis and Nalvo Sur here will start construction in the third quarter of 2018, according to the proponent Global Luzon Energy Development Corporation (GLEDC).
Lawyer Clarence Jandoc of GLEDC said pre-development works of the project was started in 2015 with various consultations with residents and stakeholders including research and study on the environmental impacts of the project.
“Hopefully, construction of the project will start in the third quarter of 2018 after the Environmental Compliance Certificate will be issued and it will be completed in the first quarter of 2021. It will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2022,” Jandoc said.
Residents in the project site and all in the adjacent barangays overwhelmingly approved the establishment of the 670 megawatts (2x335MW) power plant during the public hearing at the municipal gym here on Wednesday conducted by the central and regional offices of the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“We, the residents of Luna have been waiting for so long for progress and development to uplift our economy and livelihood. This is now the opportunity for us to embrace an environment-friendly facility that would help us especially the future generations,” said Vice Mayor Romeo Ressureccion.
Mayor Vic Marron welcomed the support of various sectors in the establishment of the project because it will help the municipality and its residents.
Marron said the project needs at least 3,000 workers and uplift the local economy to about P500-million in real property tax alone.
“The plant will be an environment-friendly because it will be equipped with modern technology called as the ‘supercritical pulverised coal power plant’ without emitting polluted smoke,” Marron said.
Engineer Jethro Hipe, an expert consultant on environmental services who conducted research and study on the environmental effects of the project, explained that the power plant will not create problems on environment because it was a modern facility.
The result of the study was presented during the public hearing and it was approved by the stakeholders.
However, the Koalisyon Isalbar ti Pintas ti La Union (Save the beauty of La Union coalition) is opposing the project due to alleged health and environment problems.
“We firmly believe that the project will be detrimental to health and environmental of the residents and will adversely effect the agri-tourism thrust of La Union,” the group said. Northbound Philippines News