He said that the 600-megawatt power plant will be fully operational before the year ends.
“Ito’y bahagi ng ash management program ng GN Power at La Farge Republic Cement. Instead of being paid for the fly ash, it will be converted into cement that in turn will be turned over free to the Bataan provincial government,” the comrel chief said.
Fly ash is a by-product of the coal-fired power plant and one of the components in manufacturing cement.
Racelis estimated the value of the cement at P2 million every month, delivery to be made for three years.
He said that the cement will only be used for infrastructure projects like construction of public school buildings, roads and flood-control, among some others. “Hindi pwedeng ibenta and semento,” Racelis said.
Gov. Albert Garcia said the provincial government will greatly benefit from the commitment of GN Power and Lafarge that was forged during the time of his father former Governor Enrique Garcia, now congressman of the second district.
“Ikatutuwa ito ng ating mga kababayan dahil bumaba na halaga ng kuryente, may libreng semento pa,” the former congressman said.
The young Garcia said power rates in Bataan decreased by P2 per kilowatthour after GN Power partially started operating May this year.
Tony Becker, president of GN Power Plant and top officials of Lafarge attended the ceremonial delivery of the cement at the provincial engineering compound in Balanga City.
Photograph by Mhike Cigaral