Some years ago in a previous article I made comments about how I was not in favor of such a Coal Fired Power Station Power Station as I was Born and Raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England which was a really filthy City and the cause of the filth was quite simply Coal Power. Everything was run by coal, Electricity, Trains, Heating for Offices, Stores and Homes, Schools, Coal was King in them days!
Here in the Philippines there are plenty other ways to supply energy such as, Solar, Wind, Geo Thermal and Hydro but the big boys prefer coal or oil as you need to put fuel in such plants where the renewable energy sources do not so no fuel supply profits to be had!
The Coal Plant has been constructed over about 3 years by a Korean Company who seem to have done a good job as the Plant is up and running now with very little emissions coming from the stack! All looks well for now but the plant is new and looks very nice with its new coat of paint!
A very sad part of the construction was that in order to construct the Coal Unloading Pier which is nearly 200 meters long they moved a Fishing Village Dredged Away a complete Coral Reef turning the area into something like a Moonscape completely wiping out life on the sea bed but this has been covered up by Government Organisations and Experts who stated that no damage was done to the reef!
I agree that more power is required for the future and coal is a cheaper way to supply the power but at the present time with the plant being new, all looks pretty but after some time when coal dust starts to cover the structure things will take a turn for the worst! To have built this Plant basically on top of a coral reef is stupidity itself as there are many more areas where the Plant could have been built without causing problems to the environment and the local population but when the people get an offer they cannot refuse to move they basically have no choice but to move!
The Plant now is just Phase 1 of the Project and an expansion program is due to start later in the year, this time by the construction will be by a Japanese company. It depends on new industry to just how big the plant can be expanded but I am sure if the power is required then local people will be moved to make way for the future expansion of the plant and of course big profits of the big boys!
More Power is required for the future but I think that LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION should be a main priority as to where such a plant should be constructed, on top of a coral reef is really a very poor choice in my opinion!