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SMC Global Power completes deployment of 500MWh battery energy storage system

SMC GlobalPower, a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation Group, a major holding company in the Philippines, has completed the deployment of its first 500MWh battery energy storage system.

SMC Global Power announced on June 30, 2022 that the company's planned deployment of a 1GW/1GWh battery energy storage system is now halfway through.

The battery storage system will provide grid balancing services such as frequency response, backup power and voltage regulation for the grid on the Philippine island.

August 26, 2022

Ramon Ang, group president of San Miguel Corporation, said that by the end of 2022, the company's large-scale deployment of energy storage systems will reach 700MWh of installed capacity, and all 31 of its planned energy storage systems will be deployed within 12 months.

Industry media contacted San Miguel Corporation, one of the largest private entities in the Philippines, for the news and for more details, but has yet to hear back.

However, the first battery storage system in its portfolio (about 80MW/80MWh) was deployed and announced last June.

The 20MW/20MWh battery energy storage system, delivered by global energy storage system integrator Fluence, was subsequently put into commercial operation at the beginning of this year. Fluence supplied, installed and commissioned the battery storage system for the company on a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract basis.

Fluence disclosed that it has delivered the initial deployment of the 470MW/470MWh battery energy storage project under contract. SMC Global Power said it will invest about US$1 billion, while other companies participating in the project include Wärtsilä and ABB.

The battery energy storage project developed and deployed by SMC Global Power is progressing rapidly. In April 2021, the company deployed a 10MW/10MW battery storage system for the first time at a combustion power plant it owns, and said it aims to build projects in the new portfolio concurrently.

In a prospectus filed with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the end of May this year, SMC Global Power stated that it currently has a diversified energy portfolio of 4,734MW of installed capacity, which includes natural gas power plants, coal-fired power plants, renewable energy Energy assets such as renewable energy generation facilities and battery energy storage systems. This is equivalent to 19% of the capacity of the national grid in the Philippines, 26% of the capacity of the grid in Luzon and 7% of the capacity of the grid in Mindanao.

The company noted that the 20MW Masinloc battery storage project deployed by Fluence had signed a five-year ancillary services agreement with UK-based National Grid from January this year. A similar contract is expected to be awarded for the next project in the coming months.

By the end of April, all equipment required for SMC GlobalPower's planned 1000MW battery energy storage portfolio had been delivered to the project site, including 860MWh batteries and 690MWh inverters. In its prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said that while the installed battery storage system has reached 5,000MWh of storage capacity, the actual completion rate for the portfolio is about 61%.

SMC Global Power also said that four battery energy storage systems with a total energy storage capacity of 80MWh have been deployed, another 150MWh battery energy storage system is undergoing testing and commissioning, and another eight battery energy storage systems totaling 260MWh entered May. testing phase.

The company said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with battery maker Samsung SDI in January 2020, giving the company priority customer status and placing Samsung SDI in performance guarantees, competitive pricing, warranties and other deals terms are bound together.

SMC Global Power will gain market share in ancillary services and renewable energy initiatives through battery energy storage as its main business strategy. The company is actively looking for opportunities to develop battery energy storage systems for applications including peak shaving, microgrids, power quality management, black-starting of power plants and grids, energy aggregation, reactive power support and other ancillary services.

The measures will come in tandem with the deployment of renewable energy generation, the company deploying hundreds of megawatts of solar power in the Philippines, which is going through a period of continued power demand growth amid calls to reduce reliance on coal-fired power generation .

Other energy development e-commerce companies in the Philippines are also developing independent deployment of battery energy storage systems, while the first solar + energy storage project in the Philippines came online this year. Prime Infrastructure Holdings, which developed the project, said it is planning to deploy a gigawatt-scale solar-plus-storage project that will deploy a solar power facility with an installed capacity of 2.5GW to 3.5GW, as well as a 4GWh to 4.5GWh battery storage facility. energy system.

According to industry media reports last month, the Philippine Department of Energy has approved an application for a 529MW/829Mh battery energy storage project.

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