The year 2015 was themed an ‘execution year’ for First Gen where we targeted to deliver on our growth projects, and at the same time, continue to safeguard the performance of our existing plants.
- Both the Santa Rita and San Lorenzo plants performed steadily and reliably in 2015. Santa Rita had a notable increase in energy generation to 7,388.1 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from 6,287.1 GWh, thanks to the return of Unit 40 to operation after its main transformer breakdown in 2014. Likewise, our prudent planning and proper scheduling for receiving liquid fuel enabled its continued operations during the 30-day scheduled Malampaya gas facilities maintenance outage (from March 15, 2015 to April 13, 2015), and during the 10 unscheduled natural gas supply restriction events in 2015
- The 97-MW Avion plant’s construction is delayed as we intended to deliver the plant during the summer months of 2015. In early 2016, we terminated the turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction contracts with Istroenergo Group (IEG) and its Philippine branch company Energy Project Completion Ltd. (EPC) due to IEG/EPC’s failure to comply with their obligations under the contracts, including, but not limited to, the delay in completing the works. Our team has stepped in to finish the project. As of this writing, Avion is currently being commissioned. On March 16, 2016, we executed a Completion Works Agreement with MTU BB Maintenance Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (MTU BB) of Germany for the completion of remaining commissioning works for the Avion plant. MTU BB is a subsidiary of publicly-listed MTU Aero Engines AG, and is one of the leading maintenance providers for General Electric’s LM series of aero-derivative industrial gas turbines worldwide—including the LM6000 gas turbines that will be used in the Avion plant. We expect to achieve commercial operations for Avion in the first half of 2016
- There was significant construction progress with the San Gabriel plant as many of its key components were mechanically complete by the end of 2015 and is now shifting towards commissioning. According to Siemens, once in operation by the second half of 2016, it will be the most efficient and technologically advanced natural gas plant in Southeast Asia with an efficiency of nearly 60.0 percent.
The construction of the Avion Plant in the Clean Energy Complex in Batangas.