EDC closes Bacman plant unit for 45 days

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2014 12:18 PM | Updated as of Dec 30 2014 08:18 PM

MANILA – Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has shut down a unit of Bacman geothermal power plant in Bicol for 45 days to install upgrades.

The unit, which runs with a capacity of 55 megawatts, was placed on planned outage starting Sunday, December 28.

"We advise the Exchange that Bac-Man Geothermal Inc., the wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Development Corporation that owns and operates the Bacman Power Plants, has placed Unit 1 on planned outage, starting 0100H December 28, 2104, for an estimated duration of 45 days," EDC said in a disclosure to the Philippine stock exchange.

The firm said the outage was implemented to give way to the installation of a brand new Toshiba steam turbine rotor unit and diaphragms.

The Bacman geothermal power plants located in Bacon, Sorsogon Province and Manito, Albay Province run at 130 MW, consisting of Unit I (55 MW), Unit II (60 MW), and Unit III (20 MW).

Unit II was also recently upgraded with a Toshiba turbine design, increasing its capacity to 60 MW from the previous 55 MW.

All the plants utilize geothermal steam supplied by EDC, which is the world’s largest integrated geothermal producer and one of the country’s leading renewable energy firms.

EDC also owns the 150-MW Burgos wind project in Ilocos Norte, currently the country’s biggest wind farm.