Philippines mulls plans for diesel genset regional grid backup

January 23, 2018

Plans for a 150MW backup diesel genset plant in the Philippines’ province of Rizal are reportedly being considered by planning chiefs.


AC Energy, the power arm of the Ayala Corporation, will build the plant in Pililla to meet peaking and reserve requirements of the regional Luzon grid, if a planning permit is issued, the Manila Standard reported.


The paper quoted AC Energy CEO John Eric Francia (pictured) as saying the company hoped to start construction of the “fast-start” plant this year. “We’re now going through pre-development processes and studies,” Francia said.


Francia said the company was exploring diesel power plant opportunities because “we believe the country will need more peaking and reserve, ancillary capacity... especially in a world where you inject more renewables”.


As renewable energy is injected to the grid, “there could be more intermittency of power and you need ancillary for that”, Francia was quoted as saying.


According to the media reports, the plant could eventually be expanded to 300MW.



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