Power firms get DOE nod for grid impact studies


The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the request of power firms to proceed with their grid impact studies (GIS) on their proposed power projects with over 4,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation capacity.

For September, the agency approved the 200MW wind power project of Solar Philippines Calatagan Corp. in Batangas; 8.1MW hydro project of Century Peak Energy Corp. in Iloilo; the 2x 30MW Malaya diesel power of Belgrove Power Corp.; 5.15MW hydro power of Zak Green Energy in Ilocos Norte; 510 MW wind power project of Earth Sol Power Corp.; and the 7.4MW hydro of Zak Green.

The agency also approved the 17MW diesel power project of La Pampanga Energy Corp.; 1400MW hydro power project of JBD Management and Consulting Services, Inc. in Laguna; 500MW wind power of Earth Sol in Bataan; 2x70MW LNG (liquefied natural gas) power project of Converge Power Generation Corp. in Cebu; 1200MW LNG of Belgrove Power in Rizal; 79.46MW solar power of Shizen Inc. in Zambales; and the 22.5MW hydro project of Pan Pacific Renewable Power Philippines Corp. in Kalinga.

The GIS is necessary in determining if the electricity to be generated by the power project can be absorbed by the country’s transmission system.

Belgrove will refurbish the Malaya thermal power plant which has two units—300MW unit 1 and 350MW unit 2—but could not be utilized due to damaged turbine and air pre-heater.

The MTPP was recently sold to Belgrove Power via a negotiated sale. The company is embarking on a rebuilding program for MTPP to bring back its reliable capacity to 650 MW.

Belgrove has informed the Department of Energy about its intent on the MTPP which is to “immediately repair Unit 2 of Malaya with a rated capacity of 350 MW and bring in two new modular aeroderivative gas engines for an additional capacity of 60 MW” by end of 2021. 

From July to August this year, the DOE also cleared the power projects of 12 firms for the conduct of GIS. These projects have 1,797.17MW of installed capacity.

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