Sem-Calaca to appeal PHP4.31M fine


Sem-Calaca Power Corporation (SCPC) said it intends to appeal the Php 4.31 million fine imposed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). 

“While SCPC has not received a copy of the official resolution, it intends to appeal this decision by filing a Motion for Reconsideration with the ERC,” SCPC parent firm Semirara Mining and Power Corporation said its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday.

The ERC penalized SCPC, owner and operator of the 600-megawatt (MW) Calaca coal-fired power plant in Batangas, after both its generators exceeded the maximum allowable unplanned outages in 2021. 

In its decision, ERC said that SCPC’s 300MW Unit 1 had a total of 22 unplanned outages, while the 300MW Unit 2 had 113 forced outage days from January to April. Both units exceeded the allowable forced outage limit for pulverized power plants by 5.24 days and 96.2 days, respectively. 

Under ERC Resolution No. 10, Series of 2020, each power plant unit is only given 16.8 days for annual forced outages a year. 

Unit 1’s forced outages were caused by leaks in its broiler tubes and burners, while Unit 2’s newly installed generator tripped due to generator ground fault, with leaks and tripping in its stator cooling water pump. Unit 2’s forced outage was one of the contributors to last year’s Red Alerts in Luzon.