THE power group of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. said on Tuesday it has short-listed two China-based companies to handle the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the 105-megawatt (MW) San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) coal-fired power plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City.

In a statement, Alsons said the two were chosen out of the five companies that initially submitted bid proposals.

“These bid submissions are a testimony to the keen interest the SRPI project has generated and are a vote of confidence to the future of Zamboanga City,” said Joseph C. Nocos, Alsons power group’s vice-president for project development.

The SRPI plant’s short-listed EPC bidders are Northeast No. 1 Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd. (NEPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group; and Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. (SEPCO III) — a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China.

Alsons said the Shenyang City, China-based NEPC was founded in 1951 and has been engaged in major power projects in China, Mongolia, Iraq, Turkey, and the Philippines.

SEPCO III is founded in 1985, and is based in Qingdao City, China, it said. The foreign company has been involved in power projects in China, Nigeria, India, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina and various Southeast Asian countries, it added.

“The two firms edged out three other multinational engineering and construction companies that bid for the SRPI power plant contract,” Alsons said.

SRPI is expected to provide baseload power to Zamboanga City and nearby areas.

“Preliminary engineering and design work is expected to begin within the fourth quarter of 2019 while commercial operations are set to commence in 2023. Once operational, the plant will play a crucial role in providing baseload power to Zamboanga City and stabilizing power supply in the Zamboanga peninsula,” Alsons said. — Victor V. Saulon