SP to hear proposal on LNG power plant

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Thursday, March 10, that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will be inviting the proponents of a 300-megawatt liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant in San Carlos City to make their presentation

The discussions have not begun yet, Lacson said, in response to reports that some environmentalists are reportedly opposing the project.

San Miguel Corp. is proposing to put up a P18.5 billion LNG power plant in San Carlos City to complement the solar power farms in Negros Occidental, Bacolod mayoral candidate Alfredo “Albee” Benitez said on Tuesday, March 8.

“They will be invited to make their presentation at the Sanggunian and we can start our discussions from there,” Lacson said.

“Will there be a group that will oppose it, most likely but then again we will study if there is basis for it,” he said.

The provincial government will not allow the establishment of coal plants in Negros Occidental.

Even SMC has said that it will no longer put up a coal-fired power plant in San Carlos, Lacson, added.

“San Miguel Corp. is a listed company, it’s a very big company . We don’t expect it to be violating rules, especially on the environment, they are way above that already,” he said.*

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