Bago pa lang, sablay na! Aboitiz family’s newest and biggest coal plant worsens Luzon’s power woes

The recurring outages of Aboitiz-controlled GNPower Dinginin Ltd. Co., a 1,336 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mariveles, Bataan, have contributed to Luzon’s already thin power supply.

Dinginin, the latest big-ticket entrant in the power sector, is touted by the Aboitiz Group as “by far the biggest coal-fired power plant to be built in the country.”

Instead of reliably contributing to the grid as a newly-completed power plant, Dinginin’s technical problems resulted in its forced or unplanned shutdown.

The plant’s technical glitches had affected the Luzon grid’s power supply situation.

Only last week, the Energy Regulatory Commission listed Dinginin unit 1 (668 MW) as one of the companies under investigation for going on an unplanned outage, which contributed to the loss of 3,401 MW to the Luzon grid.

Dinginin unit 1 was the biggest unit that went on unplanned outage, among two other companies that suffered technical issues. The other plants went offline due to a transmission line tripping.

On March 19, March 26, and March 27, Dinginin 1 encountered technical problems such as “water separator high temperature” and “high exhaust temperature,” based on Luzon grid data as of March 31.

The Dinginin plant shut down in March, and the outage of other power plants plunged the grid on yellow alert.

A month later, the Dinginin plant went on forced outage again, affecting more than 450,000 Meralco customers.

Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) put its fate on the Dinginin plant to solve the country’s power woes.

Unfortunately, its continuing breakdown has made the Luzon grid vulnerable to outages.

Dinginin unit 1 was out from May to August last year based on the Luzon Grid Operating Program 2022 and continued to suffer forced outages some days of September and October last year.

According to Aboitiz Power’s submission to the stock exchange, Dinginin Unit 1 started commercial operations and served its power supply agreements beginning January this year.

Construction of the first unit of Dinginin began in September 2016 and was supposed to be completed last year.

Meanwhile, Dinginin Unit 2 was synchronized on April 23. DOE data showed it started full commercial operations last month.

DOE noted that the Dinginin plant faced construction-related issues, and its commissioning progress was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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