The Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC) and its sister firm Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) are set to conduct a new test firing of its completed first 82-megawatt power plant to determine the veracity of an earlier report that the plant emitted foul odor during its first test firing last September 11-16.
In a report to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, PEDC vice president for operation Engr. Henry Alcalde, said the multi-partite monitoring team (MMT) created by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources could not establish exactly where the foul odor came from.
Both PEDC management and contractor Formosa Heavy Industries, Inc. denied foul odor emanated from the coal-fired power plant during the test firing.
The retesting slated on October 11 is expected to put to rest the issue on foul odor as complained by residents of the four nearby barangays. There were more than 300 residents who were reportedly affected then.
Alcalde said that everything is back to normal after the plant stopped its test firing last September 16.
However, Mabilog said a third party expert independent from PEDC and its contractor and the DENR will be tasked to observe the test firing and validate the report.
Mabilog also insisted that PEDC must advise the residents near the plant in Barangay Ingore, La Paz of the test fire so that mitigating measures could be put in place.
Alcalde said they could not proceed with the succeeding tests using the same plant, fuel and equipment if the first issue on foul odor is not yet resolved. (PNA)