Unit 1 of Sem-Calaca power plant connected to the Luzon grid

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One of Semirara Mining and Power Corp.’s power plant units has begun supplying power to the Luzon grid after completing its maintenance.

The company disclosed that Unit 1 of the Sem-Calaca Power Corp. (SCPC) was connected to the Luzon Grid in March 17.

“As of 0900H, March 19, 2018, average load capacity is at 250 MW (megawatts),” it said.

The first unit was on unplanned outage until March 12 “to give way to boiler slags removal.”

SCPC operates the 2×300 MW coal-fired thermal power plant in Calaca, Batangas.

Meanwhile, the second unit is undergoing a planned outage, to include the thorough assessment/inspection of the unit prior to the final phase of the rehabilitation or life extension program in 2019.

It is seen to begin supplying to the Luzon grid by the end of the month.

Semirara has budgeted $90 million or around P4.7 billion for the life extension program of the 2×300 MW power plants.

This will give the two units – which have been running for 33 years and 21 years, respectively – another 20 to 25 years.

Meanwhile, the two 150-MW unit of another subsidiary, Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp. (SLPGC), are also on shutdown.

SLPGC Unit 1 is on unplanned outage because of abnormal vibration of the equipment while Unit 2 is under regularly planned maintenance outage and it it’s looking to go online by last week of March.