By Lenie Lectura – June 3, 2019
from Business Mirror
SMC Consolidated Power Corp. (SCPC) received the go-ahead of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to develop a transmission facility so that electricity from its 4×150-megawatt (MW) Limay coal plant in Bataan can reach the Luzon grid via the substation of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.
To dispatch the power to be generated by the power plant, SCPC will construct a dedicated point-to-point limited transmission facilities to connect said power to the 230-kilovolt (kV) Lamao substation of NGCP.
The transmission facility will cost P114,412,440.75.
In approving SCPC’s application, the ERC said the NGCP shall operate the facility to ensure and maintain the reliability, adequacy, security, stability and integrity of the nationwide electrical grid. SCPC was also directed to pay the commission a permit fee of P639,789.74.
The ERC noted that the entry of SCPC’s power plant to the Luzon grid is technically feasible and that the transmission facility is “necessary for the power plant to deliver its generated power to the grid through NGCP’s 230-kV Lamao switching station.”
Likewise, in order to comply with SCPC’s obligation to supply power with distribution utilities, the power plant should be connected to the grid. “Thus, the development of the subject facility is required,”the ERC said.
SCPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGPH), one of the largest power firms in the country.
SMCGPH controls 4,197 MW of combined capacity as of end-September 2018 and which benefits from diversified fuel sources, including natural gas, coal and hydro. Its combined capacity comprises approximately 19 percent of the national grid, 25 percent of the Luzon grid and 9 percent of the Mindanao grid.
It is considering further expansion of its power portfolio of additional capacity nationwide through greenfield power projects over the next few years, depending on market demand.