Interconnection issue hampers Energy World’s LNG plant

by Alena Mae S. Flores – May 24, 2016 at 11:10 pm

from Manila Standard Today

Operation of Energy World Corp.’s  650-megawatt liquefied natural gas combined cycle power plant in Pagbilao, Quezon faces new delays because of interconnection problems.

Energy Undersecretary Mylene Capongcol said Energy World’s natural gas power facility could not deliver power to the Luzon grid despite the completion of the first phase with 200 MW.

“They are having interconnection problems,” Capongcol said.

Energy World recently completed the first phase representing 200 MW of the natural gas power project, which was supposed to secure LNG from a  floating storage regassification unit.

Capongcol said Energy World’s planned floating storage regassification unit or FSRU remained be completed.

Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the House committee on energy, said a team from Congress visited the project recently.

“There’s a problem in the interconnection. But the plant itself can produce anytime. It’s ready for commissioning, except for the interconnection concerns,” Umali said.

Energy World previously targeted to complete the first 200-MW unit of the 650-MW LNG facility in March. The second 200 MW unit is eyed for commercial operation in June.

The company will initial source LNG from the FSRU, pending the completion of the LNG terminal hub.

The company earlier said the LNG hub would be used to facilitate the distribution of LNG and natural gas, including receipt, storage and dispatch of LNG cargoes to four main markets, namely the Energy World plant, small-scale terminal, LNG and compressed natural gas for fuels and other markets in Asia Pacific.