GNPower Dinginin’s 68-MW coal-fired plant faces delay

The 668-megawatt (MW) supercritical coal-fired power plant of GNPower Dinginin Ltd. Co. in Bataan was supposed to be fully operational this year, but thanks to COVID-19 its target commercial operations had been pushed back to the next year.

“The GNPower Dinginin project is in the final stages of construction but continues to face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” listed Aboitiz Power Corp.(AP) said in its latest financial report.

“Project timelines have been impacted due to the imposition of the travel restrictions and delays in the delivery of materials,” it added.

The GNPower Dinginin is a joint venture of AP subsidiary Therma Power and Power Partners and AC Energy, the power arm of the Ayala group.

The plant will initially consist of a 1 x 668 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant (with a one-time expansion option for an additional 1 x 668 MW supercritical unit) that uses an Alstom steam turbine generator.

Due to aforementioned delays, Unit 1 is now scheduled to commence commercial operations by the second quarter of 2021, while Unit 2 is expected to commence commercial operations by the third quarter of next year.

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