The world’s largest aircraft landed in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu early Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013.
The aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya (which means “Inspiration”), was carrying a 150-ton transformer from Zagreb, Croatia.
The responsible corporation who brought to the country the aircraft is FGP Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of First Gen. Corporation.
In order to ensure that Luzon will have sufficient power supply FGP Corp. expedited the delivery of the said transformer.
The transformer will be installed at the company’s San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plant, a critical asset of Luzon’s electrical grid system.
According to a press release, “the transformer raises electricity voltage produced by the generator from 16.5 kilovolts (kV) to 240 kV, thus enables the plant to deliver the electricity generated by the San Lorenzo Unit 60 through the transmission line network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines”.
It should be remembered that a few months ago, a similar piece of equipment caught fire which rendered the said place “inoperable” and resulted in the loss of half supply of San Lorenzo’s 500 MW supply of electricity to the Luzon electrical grid.
That’s why FGP tapped the help of an international team.
For starters, the An-225 has a length of 275 ft 7 in, wingspan of 290 ft, and a height of 59 ft 5 in.
FGP considered all available airports where the AN225 could land safely, but after considering the combination of airport, onward land transportation and sea freight, Mactan Cebu was the most viable option”.
Antonov An-225 Mriya
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