For the last few months I was kriss-crossing the North Channel of Manila Bay and I am always wondering about the construction in Mariveles coast. Only last night I found from the Internet that the construction in Mariveles coast is a Coal Power Plant owned by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. The 600-megawatt coal power plant will connect the GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant to the Luzon Grid. Below were some of the recent photos of Mariveles coast.Mariveles coal plant to be linked to Luzon power grid
By Amy R. Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:52:00 04/22/2010
Filed Under: Coal, Mining and quarrying, Economy and Business and Finance
THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission has allowed the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to construct facilities that will connect GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd.’s 600-megawatt coal power plant to the Luzon grid.
In its decision, the ERC said the connection assets are essential to delivery of power from the generation facility, which will be completed in August 2012, to the Luzon grid.
The NGCP is expected to spend P918.7 million for the construction of 19-kilometer 230-kilovolt transmission line to connect GNPower’s coal power plant to the Luzon grid at the Limay B substation.
It would also fund the construction of a 3-km temporary line to provide power during the testing and commissioning period of GNPower’s facility prior to completion of the said transmission line; as well as the upgrade of the Limay B substation to accommodate the connection of the generation facility.
NGCP has signed in January this year a Connection Asset Construction and Maintenance Agreement with GNPower for this particular project.
Under the agreement, NGCP shall construct the connection assets and provide the necessary financing for such construction. In consideration, GNPower shall pay NGCP the related connection charges.
NGCP and GNPower earlier explained that it was imperative that the ERC approve the connection project because the power project will help avert a power crisis that will adversely affect the Luzon grid as early as 2011.
“The connection assets are essential to the delivery of power from the generation facility to the Luzon grid. Thus, it is imperative that construction of the connection assets commence immediately so that the same may be ready to deliver the generation facility’s power to the grid when the said facility commences commercial operations on the latter part of 2012,” the two companies said.
According to the government’s Power Supply and Demand Situationer for 2006-2014, power supply situation will become critical in Luzon beginning this year.
By 2011, the dependable capacity will no longer be sufficient to meet Luzon’s required capacity.
The additional capacity to be provided by GNPower’s coal power plant will thus help avert the significant economic cost of protracted brownouts, such as reduced investment, lost production and the loss of business confidence, they added.