Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), the local subsidiary of American oil giant Chevron Corporation, has renewed its fuel supply contract with Quezon Power Phils. Ltd. Co. (QPPL) for the start-up fuel for the latter’s 460-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mauban, Quezon.
In a report by the Manila Bulletin, QPPL managing director Frank Thiel that its partnership with CPI, which began in 2015, will become stronger as they work hand-in-hand to provide the power needed in Filipino households.
Coal-fired power plants usually require liquid fuel for the start-up process during the resumption of plant operations, especially if coming from a maintenance shutdown phase.
The Quezon Power plant is a contracted independent power producer (IPP) of power distribution giant Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). Electricity produced from the plant is utilized in the load network of MERALCO and helps the capacity of the Luzon Grid.
Meanwhile, Chevron is also supplying fuel to the 500 MW San Buenaventura Power Ltd. Co. (SBPL), a joint venture between Thailand-based EGCO and MERALCO PowerGen.
CPI country chairman Billy Liu said that it is Chevron’s responsibility to provide both power plants with “quality fuel” to ensure operations without complications.
Over the past weeks, multiple yellow alerts have been raised over the Luzon Grid after several power plants went on forced outages and derated capacities.