First Gen Corporation (First Gen) received its Certificate of Compliance (COC) from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Wednesday for the 414-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle natural gas-fired San Gabriel power plant in Santa Rita, Batangas.
In a disclosure to Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Frist Gen said that COC’s formal release serves as proof that the San Gabriel power plant has complied with all technical and financial requirements before a power generation company can commercially operate a plant.
The Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) has also acknowledged the change in status of San Gabriel from testing and commissioning to commercial operation, which enables San Gabriel’s participation in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).
First Gen owns and operates the San Gabriel power plant through its wholly-owned subsidiary First Natgas Power Corp. (FNPC), under whose name the COC was issued. San Gabriel’s operation ensures more stable power supply within the Luzon and Visayas grids.
In constructing San Gabriel, First Gen tapped Siemens AG for the German company’s efficient gas turbine technology, code-named SGT6-800oH and given the brand name “Flex-Plant.” San Gabriel marks the first time that Siemens has brought a Flex-Plant to the country.
San Gabriel runs on natural gas, considered the cleanest among fossil fuels. Operation of the plant results in carbon emissions that are 70 percent lower than the emissions from a coal-fired plant, according to First Gen.
In addition to the San Gabriel power plant, First Gen also owns and operates the 1,000-MW Santa Rita, the 500-MW San Lorenzo and 97-MW Avion power facilities. These power plants are all located in the First Gen Clean Energy Complex in Batangas.