NGCP assures grid stability after quake

by Alena Mae S. Flores – April 16, 2017 at 07:15 pm

from Manila Standard Today

Grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said it is extending assistance to power plants affected by the earthquakes on April 8 to fast-track their restoration and allow power delivery to the Luzon grid.

National Grid said in a statement it would provide support to First NatGas, which operates the 414-megawatt San Gabriel combined-cycle power plant in Batangas.

The company reported damage on its equipment in San Lorenzo Units 50 and 60, San Gabriel Unit 70, Avion Switchyard and Sta. Rita Switchyard as a result of the earthquake.

Among the affected high-voltage components are circuit breakers, disconnect switches and current and combined current/voltage transformers.

“NGCP will be looking to provide any on-hand equipment as needed by San Gabriel CCPP. NGCP is also ready to extend all forms of assistance to other generation companies in order to speed up the restoration, energization, and eventual synchronization of their power plants back to the Luzon grid,” National Grid said.

The Luzon grid experienced yellow and red alerts due to the forced outage of earthquake-affected power plants due to insufficient operating power.  “NGCP’s facilities within the vicinity of Batangas are all stable and ready to transmit power. The assistance to the generation companies will expedite the normalization of the power situation,” the company said.