Energy dept deploys team to Sual power plant

MANILA — The energy department has deployed a team to assess the restoration of a unit of the 1,294-megawatt (MW) Sual power plant that shut down at 10:15 a.m. Monday, possibly due to a condenser tube leak.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the department, citing the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), assured that the Luzon grid is still stable despite the sudden shutdown.

“Based on the most recent update of NGCP, the Luzon grid will have a net reserve of 1,089 MW during the afternoon peak today (Tuesday),” the department said.

The unit is expected to resume operation in three to four days.

The Sual power station is the country’s largest coal-fired power plant, generating and supplying 1,294 MW for the Luzon Grid.