Lotilla: LNG plants to enhance power supply reliability

The entry of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could help stabilize the power supply next year, according to the Department of Energy.

“There is a need to diversify our power sources, including the use of imported natural gas,” Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla said.

“Given its scheduled availability at the end of the first quarter of 2023, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is considered an important source for fuel diversification,” he added.

Lotilla said LNG would complement ongoing efforts of the Malampaya consortium to optimize sustainably the remaining indigenous gas in the Malampaya-Camago reservoir.

He said LNG is also aligned with goals of a low carbon future and helps stabilize power supply from variable renewable energy.

Based on the progress reports provided by the LNG project proponents to the DOE’s Oil Industry Management Bureau, Linseed Field Power Corp. owned by AG&P, is on track to complete its first integrated LNG import terminal in Barangay Ilijan in Batangas City.

Commissioning is scheduled in March 2023 and the commercial operation in April.

This additional power source is impactful as Luzon copes with a power supply deficit.

Meanwhile, FGEN LNG Corp.’s LNG terminal is also scheduled for commissioning in March 2023, while commercial operations are set in June 2023, in line with the arrival of LNG supply to fuel its existing gas-fired power plants such as the 1000 MW Sta Rita power plant, 500 MW San Lorenzo power plant, 414 San Gabriel power plant and the 97 MW Avion facility.

“Our foremost concern is to ensure that there is enough capacity supplied through various sources, most especially in the coming summer months, to sustain the power supply in the country,” Lotilla said.

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