DOE prioritizes assessment of Sual Plant

THE Department of Energy (DOE) sent a team to the Sual Power Station last week to assess the restoration of its generating units that went offline.

This was confirmed by Engr. Danny Gallangan, officer-in-charge director of Department of Energy (DOE) Luzon Field Office based in Urdaneta City, during the KBP Forum last Thursday.

Sual Unit 2 went online at 5:21 a.m. while Sual Unit 1 went offline at 10:15 a.m. of Monday, 06 February 2017, due to a possible condenser tube leak but the power situation in Luzon is still manageable, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Meanwhile, “The grid is still normal (at this time),” NGCP said in a statement. Based on the most recent update of NGCP, the Luzon grid will have a net reserve of 1,089 megawatts during the afternoon peak today.

“Sual Unit 2 is running at 647 megawatts and Malaya TPP Unit 2 will be utilized at minimum stable capacity of 130 megawatts to maintain normal system conditions.”

According to Froilan Gregory Romualdez III, head of External Affairs of TeaM Energy, operator of the Sual coal-fired power plant said Thursday, ” Our target is to have Unit 1 back in service by February 13.”

“We need to make Team Sual aware that we are checking on them and all the others,” DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi said explaining the inspection.

Aside from verifying reports, DOE wants to ensure the safety and reliability of the plant.

Cusi added, “When we visit plants, we always show concern for the workers. We put pressure on the owners to provide the best resources for the workers to excel. Best equipment, facilities and fair benefits will result to better performance.”

The Sual Power Station is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Philippines generating and supplying 1,294 megawatts for the Luzon Grid. (Tita Roces)