First Gen moves completion targets of gas-fired plants

by Myrna Velasco – February 5, 2016 (updated)

from Manila Bulletin

The series of aero-derivate and gas-fired power projects being developed by First Gen Corporation will have deferred completion targets, according to data currently issued by the Department of Energy. (DOE)

Firstly, the 100-megawatt Avion aeroderivate-equipped facility of the Lopez firm is just reported having its commissioning phase February this year, several months behind from last year’s target.

The DOE project status report has indicated that the targeted commercial operation should have been August last year; but this is now seen skidding to second half this 2016.

The department qualified that the facility’s commercial operations had been primarily anchored on the availability of additional gas supply from the Malampaya field.

For the 414-MW San Gabriel gas-fed power project of the Lopez conglomerate, it is anticipated to be coming full stream commercially December this year. Testing and commissioning is eyed March this year.

The company previously announced that it was eyeing the facility on-line before June, 2016 or prior to the conclusion of the Aquino administration, but due to some hurdles along the way, schedules have been moved.

As declared to the energy department, the project cost for San Gabriel project had been set at US$600 million; while investment for Avion facility was pegged at P10 billion.

First Gen has blueprinted for a second phase of its greenfield gas power facility development via the planned Sta Maria power project which will also be of 414MW capacity.

Executives of the company have previously indicated though that implementation plans will be reviewed depending on what will be the need of country’s power system when investment decisions are to be firmed up.

The bigger scale investment trajectory of the Lopez group will be to integrate an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to supply the long-term requirements of its gas-fired plants.

That will then command an additional capital outlay of at least US$1.0 billion, depending on the scale and capacity of the LNG handling facility.