LNG project cancellation a ‘business decision’: NegOcc gov

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has not yet been informed about the cancellation of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant project in San Carlos City.

Lacson said that he obtained such information solely from media reports and other sectors.

If it was indeed canceled, he believes it was due to a “business decision,” similar to how the proposed coal-fired power plant was also canceled. (

“I think it is incumbent upon them to make official that they also put on hold a plan to put up an LNG plant in San Carlos City,” he added.

When asked if the project was halted due to strong opposition from environmentalists and the Diocese of San Carlos, Lacson said it was still a business decision.

The proposed project, a 475-megawatt (MW) LNG combined cycle power plant, will be built on Grand Planters International Inc.’s 49-hectare property.

The construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023 and be completed in the third quarter of 2024.