GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES
REPORT ON THE BONANZA SARANGGANI COAL DEPOSIT
Toquero Geologists and Affiliates
In 1994, the Department of Energy (DOE) discovered coal deposits hosted in the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Maguindanao. These –provinces now comprise the Central Maguindanao Coal District (CMCD), Wherein the DOE estimated a potential coal resource of 758.7 million metric tons. The DOE estimated the Sarangani Province coal potential at 120MMT.
The Bonanza Energy Resources, Inc. (Bonanza), holder of DOE permit to explore 23,000 hectares is now conducting geological survey within the confines of sarangani Province. The province is structurally situated within the southern rim of Cotabato Geosynclinical Basin. The coal deposits are confirmed to have been deposited in Paralic or margiual basin geologic setting that is favorable to accumulation of thick coal deposits. Thje coal deposits are all situated within a 15 – kilometer radius from the deep water shorelines of Sarangani Bay. The deposits are open – pitable and are strategically situated at the gateway of the coal deposits situated into the farther interioirs of CMCD. The coal quality averages 9,000 to 9,500 BTU/Lb at 1.0 % sulfur.
The geology of the Bonanza Sarangani Coal Deposits and its impact into the Philippine coal supply needs is herein discussed.
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