DOE responds to MERALCO’s statement on Luzon power shortage


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Manila, Philippines - The Departmenyt of Energy (DoE) on Thursday responds to the statement of MERALCO for it's assumption that Luzon will experience power shortage due to the lack of new power plants coming in.

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DOE says that in the 2012 Power Development Plan (PDP), peak demand in Luzon grid is expected to increase at an annual average rate of 4.13 percent from 7,969 MW in 2012 to 16,477 MW in 2030.

Based on this, correspondingly, the grid will require an additional 500 MW by 2016 and 8,100 MW by 2030.

The PDP assumes that there are committed power projects that are expected to be on line starting 2013 until 2015, these are:
List of Committed Power Projects:
2013:
   600 MW GN Power
   21 MW CIP 2 Bunker
   67.5 MW Pililia Wind
   1.2 MW Payatas LFG
   13 MW Green Future Biomass
2014:  
   20 MW Maibarara Geothermal
2015:
   135 MW Puting Bato Coal Phase 1
   11 MW SJCI Power Rice Husk
Here is the status of projects as of 31 January 2013:
  • 600 MW GN Power -  Commercial operation on May 2013
  • 21 MW CIP 2 Bunker -  operational since 17 January 2013
  • 1.2 MW payatas LFG by Pangea – will be operational by March 2013
  • 13 MW Green Future Biomass -  operational since November 2012 but not in full capacity, 13 MW will be available by 1st qtr of 2013
  • 20 MW Maibarara Geothermal – It will be commissioned by July 2013 and commercial operation is 4th Qtr. 2013, which is ahead of its original schedule.
In addition to new power plants, there are also uprating/rehabilitation of power plants that will add capacity to the grid, these are: 130 MW additional capacity from Bacman Geothermal and 5 MW per year (starting 2012 -2015) from Binga hydro uprating, DoE added.

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