EDC finishes repairs at Bacman geothermal unit

Posted on April 11, 2015

A UNIT of Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has completed repair work on the 20-megawatt (MW) unit of the Bacon-Manito (Bacman) geothermal power plant in Bicol.

The Lopez-controlled parent said in a disclosure on Friday said Bac-Man Geothermal Inc. was “already operating Unit 3 at 20 MW gross as of April 8, 2015, following the completion of repair works.”

The power plant unit auto-tripped last March 5 due to a minor lubrication oil leak, forcing repairs in order to return the plant to service in time for the dry months.

BGI also took the opportunity to initiate planned upgrades.

The Bacman power facility -- which straddles Bacon, Sorsogon and Manito, Albay -- originally consisted of two 55-MW plants and a third 20-MW unit.

Last February, BGI completed the installation of new equipment to the first 55-MW unit of the plant, which upgraded its electricity output to 60 MW.

The second 55-MW unit also increased its output to 60 MW in December, allowing the entire facility to have the capability to generate a total of 140 MW.

The two larger units of the Bacman plant were shut down in March 2013 to vibration issues that damaged the second unit of the plant.

EDC then decided to also shut down the first unit “out of prudence”.

EDC submitted the highest bid of $28.25 million for the Bacman power facility in an auction in May 2010 conducted by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp.

When Bacman was acquired, the facility generated just 3% of its full capacity. The company started rehabilitation of the plants in December 2010.

EDC is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the Philippines. It operates 12 power facilities in five geothermal service contract areas. -- Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano