First Gas plant to soon restore 250 MW power to Luzon grid

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THE Lopez-owned First Gas Power Corp. (FGPC) said its natural gas-fired power plant in Batangas, which suffered some damage in February, will soon be able to restore 250 megawatts of power to the Luzon grid with the acquisition of a new transformer.

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A disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange showed on Friday that FGPC has secured a new transformer for the 250-MW unit of the Sta. Rita gas plant, which was damaged in February.

The power plant is a combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant with a total capacity of 1,000 MW.

A wholly owned subsidiary of First Gen Corp., FGPC just brought to the country through its plant operator Siemens Power Operations Inc. a new 318MVA transformer for one of the four units of the Sta. Rita power plant.

The transformer, which arrived at the Batangas City port from Shanghai, China, will replace a similar piece of equipment that was previously damaged.

First Gen first detected problems in the facility’s main generator transformer after completion of maintenance work in February. The company is still investigating the cause of the incident.

The damaged transformer rendered Unit 40 of Santa Rita inoperable and resulted in the loss of a quarter, or approximately 250 MW, of Santa Rita’s 1,000MW supply of electricity to the Luzon grid.

“The transformer will be transported from the Batangas City port to the Santa Rita plant site, whereby installation and commissioning will immediately follow,” First Gen told the local bourse.

Once completed, Sta. Rita Unit 40 will resume operations and restore approximately 250 MW back to the Luzon grid.

The Sta. Rita plant currently supplies electricity to the country’s largest power distribution utility, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

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