Published April 12, 2017, 10:01 PM By Myrna M. Velasco
Post-Holy Week power supply may finally improve with the anticipated synchronization of the 600-megawatt Ilijan Block B gas-fired power generating unit is targeted on morning of April17 (Monday).
That has been the assurance given by plant operator Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to the Department of Energy (DOE), as the latter calls on the immediate restoration of the earthquake-hit power facilities.
Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said that will ease the series of yellow and red alert conditions that Luzon grid went through early this week due to supply tightening – as several plants have been out from the system.
For its part, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) indicated that it will be extending assistance to the power plants that were affected at the strike of earthquakes swarm in Batangas last April 8.
Primarily, it said that it will be providing ‘support’ to the Lopez group for its San Gabriel power plant, which until now cannot inject its power generation to the grid because of damage sustained by its San Lorenzo switchyard.
The transmission firm noted that among the affected high voltage components had been “circuit breakers, disconnect switches and current and combined current-voltage transformers.”
The company added its facilities “within the vicinity of Batangas are all stable and ready to transmit power,” while noting that “the assistance to the generation companies will expedite the normalization of the power situation.”
In a related development, the Department of Energy “is pushing for the speedy repairs of the major power plants that sustained damage,” so dilemmas of power supply tightness can be eased especially in these scorching weather months.
At this point though, the department cannot give categorical timeframe yet on when the other affected power plants can get back on line.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi noted that the department is “continuously and closely coordinating with power industry players, especially those on the side of the generation industry for the safe and immediate rehabilitation of the power plants.”
One plant that is closely being monitored is Pagbilao unit 2 that had been on extended outage due to “boiler tube leak dilemma,” but the company-operator cannot give a definitive date yet on its re-synchronization to the grid.