San Miguel seeks clearance to connect 60MW Tarlac BESS to grid

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SMC Global Power Holdings, the power arm of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is seeking the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to link to the Luzon Grid its 60-megawatt (MW) battery energy storage system (BESS) facility in Concepcion, Tarlac.

Based on its filing with the ERC, SMC Global Power unit Universal Power Solutions, Inc. (UPSI) has asked the commission for clearance to invest Php93.8 million to build a dedicated transmission line connecting the BESS project to the 69-kilovolt Concepcion substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Construction is expected to be completed in about eight months.

“The dedicated facility project is the most cost-effective and viable option for the immediate connection of the Concepcion BESS,” UPSI said in the filing.

The San Miguel unit added that the construction of the transmission line is a pre-requisite for the testing, commissioning, and commercial operations of the BESS facility, which aims to provide ancillary services or reserve power to the Luzon Grid.

Virtual hearings have been set for October 21 and 28.

Back in April, SMC Global Power — the country’s second largest and Luzon’s biggest power generatorsaid it was in the advanced stages of completion of its’ 31 BESS facilities nationwide with a rated capacity of 1,000MW.