by Lenie Lectura, February 20, 2015
THE Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) on Friday said Unit 1 of the Bacman geothermal power plant is now operating at its 55-megawatt (MW) rated capacity, after it had completed the installation of a brand-new steam turbine.
“We advised that Bac-Man Geothermal Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EDC that owns and operates the Bacman power plants, had completed the installation of the brand-new Toshiba steam turbine rotor unit and diaphragms for its Unit 1,” it said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.
As such, Unit 1 is currently operating at its rated load of 55 MW, after conducting all commissioning works and tests on completion. “With the completion of a three-day capability run at 60 MW, the unit has now started its 30-day reliability run,” it added.
In December last year EDC has placed Unit 1 on a 45-day planned outage to give way for the installation of a so-called permanent fix. The need to install a new turbine was necessary after the facility was damaged in 2013.
The Bacman geothermal power plants in Bacon, Sorsogon province, and Manito, Albay province, run at 130 MW, consisting of Unit 1 (55 MW), Unit 2 (60 MW) and Unit 3 (20 MW).
Earlier EDC reported that Unit 2 has put in an additional 5 MW of generating capacity. It is now operating at 60 MW. The increased capacity was a direct result of an upgraded Toshiba turbine design. “Recall, that the installation of the brand-new Toshiba steam turbine rotor unit and diaphragms was completed in September 2014,” EDC added.
EDC remains the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy accounting for 62 percent of the total country installed geothermal capacity.
It acquired Bacman from the government auction block in 2010 for P1.28 billion.