SEVERAL natural gas-powered projects with a total combined capacity of 3,715 megawatts (MW) will soon be built in Luzon to boost the island’s power grid.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the power projects will be undertaken by Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila (AGPCM), Inc; Trans Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation (TAOil); and First Gen Ecopower Solutions Inc.
The AGPCM project will consist of two 1,200-MW combined cycle gas turbine power plants to be located in Limay, Bataan.
The first unit is targeted to be commercially operational by October 2017 while the second unit is set to be operational by October 2018.
Meanwhile, TAOil is developing the 415-MW San Isidro combined cycle gas turbine plant project in Brgy. San Isidro and Tabangao in Ambulong, Batangas.
Development of the LNG import terminal will be undertaken by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Co.
The DOE said the power plant will operate both as a merchant and as a contracted power facility and is targeted to be commercially operated by the third quarter of 2017.
“Hence, electricity produced will be sold both to the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and thru long-term bilateral contracts,” said DOE.
TAOil will be the sole marketer of electricity generated from the power plant.
On the other hand, First Gen’s project is composed of the 2×450-MW Sta. Maria Power Plant (Phase II) and the 2×450-MW San Gabriel Power Plant (Phase II) located in Santa Rita, Batangas.
The first unit is expected to be commercially operated in 2017 while the second unit is targeted to be operational in 2019.