ERC to hear petition to linkpower plant to Mindanao grid

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) will hold next month the petition of San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp. (SMCPC) to link its 230 kilovolt Malita-Matanao transmission line to the Mindanao grid.

The commission said in its order penned by its chair and chief executive officer Jose Vicente B. Salazar that the application of the company will be set “for determination of compliance with the jurisdictional requirements, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and presentation of evidence” on October 19.

The hearing will be conducted at the ERC’s office in San Miguel Ave., Pasig City.

The SMCPC’s petition is to connect to the facility of National Grid Corp. of the Philippines so it could be able to dispatch from its 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Malita, Davao del Sur.

The company invested P108.744 million for the establishment of point to point limited transmission facilities in line on the project.

“To dispatch the power to be generated by the power plant, SMCPC recently developed dedicated point to point limited transmission facilities to connect said power plant to the 230 kV transmission line of NGCP,” the company said in its petition.

The company targeted to synchronize its power project in the Mindanao grid this year. Based on its petition docketed in May, it had pending joint applications before the ERC for approval of power supply contracts with 11 distribution utilities (DUs).

Among those buying from the company include Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Cotabato Electric Cooperative Inc., Cotabato Electric Cooperative Inc.-PPALMA, Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc., Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., Misamis Oriental I Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc., Siargao Electric Cooperative Inc., Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative Inc., Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative and Zamboanga del Sur I Electric Cooperative.

“In order for SMCPC to comply with its contractual obligations with said DUs, it is imperative that the power plant should be immediately connected to the 230 kV Malita-Matanao transmission line of NGCP,” SMCPC said.

The company added that the development of dedicated point-to-point limited transmission facilities is, thus, “a pre-requisite for the testing and commissioning, and eventually, the commercial operations of the power plant.” By Kristianne M. Fusilero

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