MORE power plants will undergo maintenance shutdown starting next month but the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) allayed fears that it would lead to supply interruptions.
Larry Fernandez, Meralco head of Utility Economics, said the power situation will remain stable despite the scheduled maintenance.
“Even though there will be scheduled maintenance, this will not affect the power supply as more capacities would be added to the grid,” Fernandez told reporters.
Ronnie Aperocho, Meralco Vice President and Head of Networks, said major power plants that will be placed under maintenance include the Pagbilao Power Station in Quezon province. The plant will be off grid for 27 days from May 30 to June 28.
Modules 40, 50 and 60 of the 500-MW San Lorenzo combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in San Pascual, Batangas are also set to undergo maintenance work from June 13 to 14. Module 60 will be off line on June 20 and 21.
By the end of June, Aperocho said four modules of the 1,000-MW Santa Rita combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Batangas will undergo maintenance work.
Pagbilao Power Station 1 is also scheduled for repair work from June 30 to July 31 and its station 2 from July 4 to August 2.
Meralco President Oscar Reyes said additional capacities from newly-commissioned power plants will offset the supply from the plants that will be temporarily out of line.
He cited the 100MW Navotas facility of Millennium Energy; 23MW Botocan Hydroelectric Power Plant in Majayjay, Laguna; the wind farms in the Ilocos region and the135-megawatt thermal power plant in Calaca, Batangas.
“We are just hoping that forced outages of major power plants do not come at the same time,” Reyes said.
Reyes said companies that signed up for the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) will also contribute 825 MW to the grid.
The Department of Energy also gave assurances that there will be no power interruptions.