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Sem-Calaca Power Corporation (SCPC) and Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC), the power generation subsidiaries of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC), recently received environment, safety and quality certifications from Certification International Philippines (CIP), an affiliate of the French company SOCOTEC. After extensive auditing and testing, CIP awarded SCPC and SLPGC the ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) certifications last October. The certifications will be valid for three years, subject to the results of semi-annual surveillance audits. Further extensions are subject to compliance with the terms of the certifications. SCPC was previously certified to ISO 9001:2008 and has been upgraded to the latest version this year. “These ISO certifications demonstrate the commitment of SCPC and SLPGC to quality processes, environmental conservation, and personnel health and safety,” said SMPC President and COO Victor A. Consunji. ISO 9001:2015 is the revised international standard that demonstrates the ability of an organization to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. ISO 14001:2015 is the revised management systems standard that responds to latest trends in identifying and managing environmental risks and impact. OHSAS 18001:2007 is an internationally applied British standard for sound occupational health and safety performance. SMPC is the only power producer in the country that owns and mines its own fuel source, allowing it to generate affordable and reliable baseload power for the Luzon and Visayas grids.
Integrated energy company Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) has spent P2.8 billion on the rehabilitation and life extension program of its two power plants under power generation subsidiary Sem-Calaca Power Corporation (SCPC). Another P2.2 billion worth of contracts related to the program was also recently awarded to various local and foreign suppliers. The three-year program ending 2019 has an allotted budget of about P8 billion. It aims to boost the generation capacity of both plants to 600MW and extend its economic life by around 20 to 25 years. “Units 1 and 2 have been running fo33 years and 21 years, respectively we are upgrading the equipment to get the reliability, performance and efficiency needed to support our continuing commercial requirements,” said SMPC President and COO Victor A. Consunji. Initial equipment upgrades such as boiler modifications beginning late 2016 have already increased the generation capacity of Unit 1 from 220MW to 270MW. Meanwhile, Unit 2 is scheduled for boiler refurbishing and electric precipitator (EP) expansion from December 2017 to March 2018. The EP, a filtration device that can remove 99 percent of hazardous air pollutants, uses static electricity to filter soot and ash from exhaust fumes before exiting smokestacks. By 2019, a new generator and turbine will also be installed to prolong the plants’ economic viability. SMPC is the only power producer in the country that owns and mines its own fuel source, allowing it to generate affordable baseload power for the Luzon and Visayas grids.