Construction of $1.3-billion coal-fired power plant in Surigao underway

Economic boom is expected in this town as the construction of the $1.3 billion coal-fired plant here is already in full swing, it was learned Monday.

Adding to the burgeoning economic activity here is the hiring of some 4,000 construction workers as the implementation of the Sumitomo Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation’s coal-fired plant went into high gear Monday.

The company is also set to hire at least 1,000 employees and workers as the mining firm will start operation after completing the construction of the power plant.

The construction of the company’s coal-fired power plant here started on March 1 this year and is expected to be fully-operational by April 2013.

It was learned that the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation is one of the biggest mining firms erected in the Caraga Region.

“This company is a big boost to our local economy,” said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran.

The Caraga Region’s DTI chief added that more income will be generated while producing more employment opportunities for the local residents.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Claver, a booming mining industry is also noted.

Claver Mayor Rosemarie Mira-Gokiangkee said these mining companies situated in her town has uplifted the lives of her constituents.

“With vast mineral resources, presence of multi-million-dollar mining companies and the opening of the largest mine refinery in this town and nearby areas, the town of Claver will surely experience a surge in economic activity which will eventually hasten development and progress in the area,” said Gokiangkee.

The town’s local chief executive gave assurance that once the mine refinery will be opened soon, Clavernons will be given the first priority during the hiring of workers.

Of the 64 mining companies in the Caraga Region, Surigao del Norte and the province of Dinagat Islands have at least 33 mining companies currently operating at various areas in the province.

At present, at least 10,000 employment opportunities have been generated by these mining companies spread all over the Caraga Region since 2007, the region’s mines and geosciences bureau also reported. (MB)

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