SMC on-track for commercial operation of 900MW Limay power plant

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San Miguel Corp. (SMC), one of the country’s most diversified conglomerates, is on-track for the commercial operations of its 900-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Limay, Bataan, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

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A DOE reported titled Private Sector Initiated Power Projects said the Limay Power Plant project is expected to be commissioned within the next two years.

Phase 1 involves the construction of two power plants with 150 MW capacity each, the DOE said.

SMC, through its subsidiary SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCP), is currently building four units of its coal-fired power plant in Brgy. Lamao, Limay, Bataan.

The first unit will be completed and commissioned by December 2016 and another unit by May 2017. SMC has tapped Formosa Heavy Industries as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, which is the same contractor for its Davao coal-fired project.

For Phases 2 & 3, SMC is putting up two more power plants with 300MW capacity each. The construction started in October 2013.

The DOE said SMC has completed and issued construction and supply contracts on EPC’s inside batter limit (main equipment).

Unit 1 is scheduled to be commissioned by October 2017 while Unit II is set to be commissioned by December 2017.

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said the completion of the Limay power plant will help boost the Luzon grid and address the tight power supply in the region. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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