GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES
A DISCOVERY OF OPEN-PITABLE COAL DEPOSITS SITUATED ALONG THE DEEP-WATER PORTS OF SARANGGANI BAY
Toquero Geologists and Affiliates
In 1994, the department of Energy (DOE) discovered coal de[posits hosted in the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotobato, Sultan Kudarat, and Maguindanao. These provinces now compromise the Central Mindanao 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 the cotobato Geosynclinal Basin. The coal deposits are confirmed to have been deposited in paralic or marginal basin geologic setting that is favorable to accumulation of thick coal deposits. The coal deposits are all situated within a 15 – kilometer radius from the deep water shorelines of Sarangani Bay. The deposits situated into the farther interiors 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 herein discussed.
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