MANILA, Philippines -- Energy Development Corp. on Monday said it has re-commissioned Unit 1 of the Bacon-Manito (Bacman) geothermal plant , after five months of shutdown.
The Bacman Unit 1, which has a capacity of 55 megawatts, was shuttered last September after hairline cracks were spotted in the turbine blades. A third-party contractor was hired to repair the Unit.
"Re-commissioning of Bacman's Unit 1 had commenced as its turbine unit was rolled, slowly loaded up to its rated capacity of 55 MW and subjected to a reliability run period. While a tripping event has occurred, the unit has, since January 30, 2014, been operating at rated capacity, even as it remains subjected to close monitoring and/or to additional tests," the Lopez-led EDC said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.
EDC has already ordered brand new turbine rotor and diaphragms for both Bacman Units 1 and 2 from Toshiba. The turbine rotor and diaphragms for Unit 1 will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014, and for Unit 2 in the first quarter of 2015.
EDC's subsidiary Bacman Geothermal Inc. filed for arbitration against TurboCare, Inc. and Siemens Inc., the contractor of the Bacman geothermal power plants, over the repeated breakdown.