• 150-ton transformer arrives in style in PH

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    The world’s largest cargo plane brought to the country on Tuesday a 150-ton transformer that will replace a similar piece of equipment in the Lopez-led FGP Corp.’s San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plant that previously caught fire.

    The transformer was loaded on board the Antonov 225 (AN225) aircraft in Zagreb, Croatia, which departed on Sunday and arrived early morning on Tuesday at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The 150-ton transformer is considered the heaviest cargo to be loaded into an airplane in one piece and flown into the Philippines.

    The transformer is expected to raise electricity voltage produced by the generator from 16.5 kilovolts (kV) to 240 kV, thus enabling the San Lorenzo plant to deliver the electricity it generates to the transmission line network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

    The fire that earlier damaged the transformer left Unit 60 of San Lorenzo inoperable and resulted in the loss of half—or approximately 250 megawatts (MW)—of San Lorenzo’s 500-MW supply of electricity to the Luzon electricity grid.

    “FGP saw a need to expedite the manufacture and delivery of the replacement transformer to ensure both sufficient power supply and stability of the Luzon grid, especially at this time when other areas of the country are experiencing insufficient and unstable power supply,” the wholly owned subsidiary of First Gen Corp. said.

    The company spent approximately $7 million for the whole transaction.

    The international team that helped in the expedient delivery of the transformer included Siemens Power Operations Inc. (SPOI), the operator of San Lorenzo’s Siemens Koncar, which is the manufacturer of the transformer.

    The Antonov Co., on the other hand, is the owner and operator of the AN225, while Royal Cargo Combined Logistics will handle the heavy lifting task, and will transport the transformer from Mactan to FGP’s plant site in Batangas City.

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