First Gen taps Slovak contractor for Avion plant

Posted at 08/04/14 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - First Gen Corp., the listed power generation company of the Lopez Group, said it has tapped an engineering contractor from Slovakia for its power plant in Batangas.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, First Gen said its subsidiary Prime Meridian Powergen Corp. (PMPC) has executed supply contracts with the Istroenergo Group (IEG) for the former's 97 MW Avion Open Cycle Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant (Avion Plant).

The Slovakia-based IEG has experience in the construction of aeroderivative gas turbine power plants.

First Gen said the Avion plant will use General Electric’s LM6000 PC Sprint aeroderivative gas turbines and have the capability to burn natural gas or liquid fuel.

The $150 million Avion plant will be located adjacent to First Gen’s 1000 MW Santa Rita and 500 MW San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plants in Batangas City.

"The Avion Plant is targeted to be completed and operational by April 2015, and will help provide additional power supply at that time," First Gen said.