THE 1,336-megawatt (MW) supercritical coal-fired power plant of GNPower Dinginin Ltd. Co. is scheduled to begin its full commercial run by June this year, latest data from the Energy department show.

GNPower Dinginin in Mariveles, Bataan is a joint venture of AC Energy, Inc., Aboitiz Power Corp. subsidiary Therma Power, Inc. and Power Partners Ltd. Co. Its two units have an identical capacity of 668 MW each.

In its list of committed private sector-initiated projects in Luzon as of end-December, the Department of Energy (DoE) said that the first and second units of GNPower Dinginin were targeting to “start commercial operations in March and June,” respectively. The list was published on the department’s website on Thursday.

Construction of the Dinginin coal plant is underway, with around 5,060 jobs generated due to the project, according to the DoE.

“The plant and equipment is subcontracted through the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor to numerous Philippine and Chinese companies,” the department said.

It added that “technical and construction-related matters have been encountered and dealt with, as normal, during the construction phase.”

This comes around three months after AboitizPower announced that the two units of GNPower Dinginin in Bataan are scheduled to start operating commercially around the middle of 2021.

In an earlier statement, the listed firm said that the first unit of the supercritical coal plant is “set to synchronize with the grid by the end of the year (2020) and start operating by the second quarter of 2021.” It added that the second unit “will be synchronized and start earning commissioning revenues by the second quarter of next year (2021).”

BusinessWorld reached out to a source at AboitizPower who confirmed receipt of the questions, but has yet to respond to them as of writing.

Shares in AboitizPower inched down 0.57% or 0.15 centavos to close at P26.30 apiece. — Angelica Y. Yang