10 power plants set to shut down

by Alena Mae S. Flores, 21 June 2015
from Manila Standard Today

Ten power plants are expected to undergo maintenance shutdown within the next two months, data from power retailer Manila Electric Co. show.

Data showed among Meralco’s contracted capacities, the Sta. Rita natural gas module 40, with a 250-megawatt capacity, was scheduled to be under maintenance shutdown on June 24 to June 28.

Pagbilao unit 1, with a 375-MW capacity, is on maintenance shutdown until June 28 while a unit of the Ilijan natural gas facility with a 300-MW output would be off the grid on June 29 to Aug. 5.

Pagbilao unit 2 (375 MW) will also undergo a maintenance shutdown on July 4 to Aug. 2 while Sual 1 (600 MW) will go offline on Aug. 8 to Sept. 6.

Sta. Rita Module 20 (250 MW) will be under maintenance repair on Aug. 12. San Lorenzo Module 20 (250 MW) is also set to be shut down on Aug. 15 to 19 while Calaca 1 (300 MW) will be offline on Aug. 22 to Oct. 5.

Sual 1 (600 MW) will be offline on Aug. 8 to Sept. 6 while Sual 2 (600 MW) will undergo repair on Sept. 7 to Nov. 5. Calaca 1 (300 MW) will also be offline on Aug. 22 to Oct. 5.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho  Petilla earlier said existing power plants continued to gain age, resulting in the need for them to continuously undergo maintenance repair.

He said the department would monitor the planned maintenance shutdown of the power plants in June to July, after these facilities earlier agreed to move their maintenance schedule from the dry months when demand was high.

Petilla said the Energy Regulatory Commission’s  resolution adopting the procedure in  the reporting by the generation companies of outage events had helped in better monitoring.

ERC monitors the reliability performance of the  generating companies in real time, “in view of the projected electricity imbalance in the Luzon grid in 2015.”

“The ERC put in the resolution that everytime  you break down, you have to submit a complete  report. So there is no unnecessary breakdown recently,”   Petilla said.