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SMC’s Limay coal plant to start commercial operations by May

Posted on January 25, 2017

SMC GLOBAL Power Holdings Corp. targets the commercial operation of the 150-megawatt (MW) first unit of its Limay, Bataan coal-fired power plant by May, with the second unit three months later, the president of the company’s parent conglomerate said on Tuesday.

“Delay na nga apat na buwan [It’s been delayed by four months],” said San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President Ramon S. Ang in a briefing at the company’s head office in Ortigas Center.

The third and fourth units of the circulating fluidized bed (CFB) power plant should be running by 2018, each one with a capacity of 150 MW, he added.

For now, the first 150-MW of the 600-MW project will be running on diesel in time for the scheduled maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya natural gas offshore platform.

The Department of Energy (DoE) previously said that the third work week of February would be a critical period for power supply in Luzon, when natural gas from Malampaya is still out and several power plants are on maintenance shutdown.

The Malampaya platform in offshore Palawan will be on maintenance shutdown from Jan. 28 to Feb. 16. The natural gas project delivers up to 20% of the country’s electricity requirements.

In all, the Energy department expects a total supply of 1,850 MW to be out during the period -- 200 MW from Calaca 1 power plant, 456 MW from Quezon Power Philippines Ltd., 600 MW from block one of Ilijan, 414 MW from San Gabriel, and 180 MW out of the 600 MW of the second block of Ilijan plant.

Mr. Ang also said the second unit of SMC Global’s power plant in Malita, Davao del Sur should be online by March. The first unit is already running.

The Malita facility is a coal-fired power plant with four units, each with a capacity of 150 MW, although plans for the last two units have yet to be finalized. In all, the Davao project is scalable to 600 MW.

SMC Global looks after three power plants -- a coal-fired facility in Sual, Pangasinan; natural gas in Ilijan, Batangas; and hydroelectric in San Roque, Pangasinan. Their combined capacity is placed at 2,545 MW. -- Victor V. Saulon