NGCP to procure ancillary services via public auction

The competitive auction for ancillary services (AS) is now a go, according to the bid invite of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

In a notice published on its website on Monday, the NGCP is inviting all interested grid-connected merchant plants and independent power producers to apply for eligibility and participate in the competitive bidding for the procurement of AS.

The deadline for the submission of expression of interest is on May 12. Eligible bidders will be announced on May 18. Thereafter, the bidders can already secure the bid documents.

The NGCP has schedule a pre-bid conference on May 23. The deadline for submission of bids and the opening of bids are going to happen on June 14 for Luzon, June 15 for Visayas, and June 16 for Mindanao.

The company is expected to issue a notice of award to the winning bidders from July 4 to 8.

“NGCP needs qualified AS providers which can supply the grid requirements for Regulating Reserve, or 4 percent of the hourly system demand;  Contingency Reserves, the most heavily loaded generating unit on-line and its scheduled reserve; Dispatchable Reserves, the second most heavily loaded generating unit on-line and its scheduled reserve;  Reactive Power Support; and Black Start Service to commence in 2022 subject to the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission of AS Procurement Agreements,” the bid invite stated.

As system operator, the NGCP is responsible for determining, acquiring and dispatching the needed AS levels to maintain power quality and the reliability and security of the grid.

“The NGCP, through its Third Party Bids and Awards Committee (TPBAC), is inviting all interested grid-connected merchant plants and Independent Power Producers to apply for eligibility and participate in the competitive bidding for the procurement of AS,” it said in the bid invite.

Should there be less than two expressions of interest, the TPBAC shall declare a failed bid.