San Miguel LNG projects lead new ventures endorsed for SIS


The liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects of SMC Global Power Holdings — the power arm of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) — lead the list of over 15,000 megawatts (MW) in new power ventures that the Department of Energy (DOE) endorsed to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for system impact study (SIS).

Based on data from the DOE, the San Miguel group has a total of 7,392MW in newly-approved LNG projects for SIS since the last update in late September. The 6,492MW Navotas LNG Power Plant project of subsidiary San Miguel Electric Corporation — the biggest venture in the list — is expected 12 generators, each with a 541MW capacity.

Other San Miguel LNG projects in the list are the 600MW Tabango LNG Power Plant in Leyte under Prestige Power Resources, Inc. and the 300MW Sangali LNG plant in Zamboanga City under San Miguel Consolidated Power. SMC Global Power, through Reliance Energy Development Inc., also has a 300MW coal plant project up for SIS in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

An SIS is an engineering study that assesses the impact of a proposed interconnection or transmission service request on the safety and reliability of a transmission system.

Wrapping up the gas projects in the updated list is the 1,128MW combined cycle plant of Global Luzon Energy Development Corporation (GLEDC) in Luna, La Union. GLEDC is a joint venture between Manny V. Pangilinan-led Global Business Power Corporation and Cebu-based Vivant Corporation.

Vivant, through Lihangin Wind Energy Corporation, also has a 300MW solar project in Lumban, Laguna.

Ayala-led ACEN has 2,422MW in newly-approved wind projects up for SIS. These are the 1,248MW Manila Bay wind project of subsidiary Gigawind5, Inc. in Bataan, Cavite, and Batangas; the 1,024MW Calatagan offshore wind project of Giga Ace 7, Inc., also in Batangas; and the 150MW Pantabangan wind project of Gigawind2, Inc. in Nueva Ecija.

For solar, ACEN has the 79.051 megawatt-alternating current (MWac) Giga Ace 8 project in Palauig, Zambales and the SolarAce2 project in Botolan town to the south.

ACX3 Capital Holdings has a total of 1,850MW in wind projects in the list, namely the 600MW Lubang and Looc Island project in Occidental Mindoro, 500MW San Miguel Bay offshore project in Camarines Sur, 475MW Lucena wind project in Quezon, and 275 Tayabas Bay wind project, also in Quezon.

Earth Sol Power Corporation has three wind projects worth 1,393MW — the 593MW San Lorenzo Bank offshore project off the coasts of Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental; the 500MW San Enrique Bank offshore project, also off the coast of Negros Occidental; and the 300MW Bagac Bay onshore wind project in Bataan.

Along with seven solar, wind, and battery energy storage system projects from various other players, the DOE has endorsed a total of 93 projects for SIS as of end-November.