Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin Inc, through its regional unit in Thailand, will be providing the engineering ser¬vices of the 200-megawatt coal-fired plant to be set on stream by 2015 in Iloilo by A. Brown Company’s power subsidiary.
In a press statement, Palm Con¬cepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) indicated that it already signed an agreement with the foreign firm to be¬come its facility’s owner’s engineer.
The deal, according to PCPC presi¬dent and A. Brown Co. vice president Roel Z. Castro was signed in Pattaya, Thailand last March 30. The signatory on SNC-Lavalin’s part is Glenn R. Fra¬zier, vice president for thermal power and Asia Pacific managing director.
Castro noted that as the project’s owner’s engineer, “SNC-Lavalin will be bringing in their expertise and experience that they are known for worldwide.
He further explained that as the project’s “owner’s engineer”, the Cana¬dian firm “will be providing technical ad-visory services from engineering stage to completion of the power generation project.”
The coverage of services it shall render will be on detailed engineering, to include review and evaluation of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) specifications, system’s design parameters and operating features, as well as development of conceptual layouts, to name a few.
PCPC earlier secured the approval of the Department of Energy (DOE) for its proposed facility to be finally re-classified as a “committed project” so it can secure its financing with BDO.
“By the end of second quarter this year, the company is expected to fulfill financial closure,” the project proponent has noted.
This synergy between the A. Brown group and SNC-Lavalin offers an interesting twist because these two firms were at separate sides of the fence when they were bidding for the transmission concession deal of the National Transmission Corporation.
After A. Brown has disbanded itself from any interest in the transmission business, it re-surfaced in the power industry as a player in the generation sector.
Frazier himself noted that his company is “passionate to be returning to the Philippines, and to be able to support PCPC in its goal of providing reliable and stable power supply in the Visayas.” The next critical phase for Visayas power supply is 2015, which is also the targeted commercial operation of the PCPC power plant.
So far, the Canadian company leans on its over 100 years of track record on engineering, construction and operations, as something that will add value to the power project and one that will cement assurance that the project can be brought to fruition.