MERALCO PowerGen Corp. (MGen), the power-generation arm of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), said it hopes to be awarded soon the environmental compliance certificate for the proposed 1,500-megawatt (MW) liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant in Atimonan, Quezon.


Angelito Lantin, Meralco PowerGen senior vice president and head of commercial development, said the permit is expected to be issued within the second quarter.  

“The final version of the EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] was submitted to the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau on January 24. The project has encountered no significant opposition or any non-governmental activity up to this time and has an expected online date of August 2018,” he said.

MGen’s LNG project is in partnership with Japan-based Chubu Electric Power Corp.

Lantin said the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is already conducting the grid impact study to determine the optimal connection scheme for the said project.

“Based on the current assessment, there are no constraints on existing NGCP transmission network,” he said.

The company official also said MGen and Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. will apply for separate clearances for the proposed power project as well as the regassification terminal proposed for construction in Tabangao, Batangas.

Prior to this MGen executed a joint study agreement with Shell to study the feasibility of locating the LNG power plant at the Shell refinery in Tabangao, Batangas. 

“Gas shall be supplied via a floating storage regassification unit which will be provided by Shell,” Lantin said.

As this developed Meralco is asking the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to allow the utility to replace two projects approved earlier with two others that are meant to secure electricity supply in its franchise area.

In a regulatory filing, Meralco asked the ERC for clearance to ditch the Santa Rita 230-kilovolt delivery point substation project and Imus-Rosario line project. In lieu of the first, Meralco sought clearance to pursue the Mahabang Parang-Batangas City 69-kilovolt project. Replacing the second is the FCIE-Rosario 115-kilovolt line project. Both projects cost at least P500 million.


Lectura, L.(2013May01).Meralco unit expects ECC on Quezon project soon. Philippine Daily Inquirer. http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/business/companies/12818-meralco-unit-expects-ecc-on-quezon-project-soon.

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