by Myrna Velasco – August 18, 2016
from Manila Bulletin
Capacity for major power grid Luzon will get a boost of 847 megawatts this year courtesy of several new power projects coming on stream, according to Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.
These shall be provided by the capacities of the 97MW Avion and 414MW San Gabriel gas plants; and the 82MW Anda coal plant plus renewable energy facilities. The unit 2 of the South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC) coal-fired plant of 135MW capacity also reached its full commercial operations this year.
Cusi said the bulk at 500MW will be provided by the greenfield gas plants of First Gen and will be reinforced by coal capacity of 232MW.
Capacity boost is also anticipated from greenfield solar projects of 50 to 98MW in capacity while biomass will add up around 20MW this year.
Had not been for the continuing scheduled maintenance of power plants, Cusi noted that power system in Luzon will likely tread on more stable grounds in the coming months.
The only conditions wobbling electricity supply in the country, primarily for Luzon grid, are ‘forced outages’ of power plants that at times cannot be avoided because the generating facilities are not just aging fleets but they have been run to the ground during this year’s election period.
“Based on the presentation, that is the San Gabriel, the Avion and the other one is the Anda coal. So that is a total of 632MW. Within this month, I think we have 500MW coming in,” Cusi said on the expected capacity additions this year.