San Lorenzo gas plant shuts down from fire


First Gen Corp., the power generation subsidiary of Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings, has shut down half of the power output of its 500-megawatt (MW) San Lorenzo gas facility because of a fire at one of its transformers. The plant is expected to be fully operational today.

FPH has been advised of a fire on Tuesday morning at one of the transformers of the San Lorenzo power plant of FGP Corp., which is First Gen’s operating company for the San Lorenzo gas plant.

According to FPH, the fire was put out less than 20 minutes after it was first detected.

In the meantime, the San Lorenzo power plant’s generating capacity has been reduced to 250 MW from 500 MW. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

All four units of the 1000-MW Santa Rita power plant, however, continue to operate.

First Gen specified in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that a fire was detected at the Unit 60 transformer of the 500-MW San Lorenzo power plant owned by FGP Corp. at around 3:03 a.m. of Tuesday.

“The incident immediately activated the power plant’s automatic transformer protection system at 3:04 a.m., which isolated the power-generating units to ensure that no damage was incurred,” First Gen said.

According to Irma Exconde, assistant director of the Department of Energy-Electric Power Industry Management, there was no problem with supplies concerning the gas plant.

“The plant should be running in full capacity by tomorrow [Tuesday],” she added.


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