FIRST Gen Corp. said that restoration works of the second unit of its 97-megawatt (MW) Avion power plant had been completed.

This comes more than a month after the natural gas facility’s unit went offline due to damage discovered in its gas turbine after a routine inspection.

“First Gen has been advised by its subsidiary, Prime Meridian Powergen Corp., that the restoration works of Unit 2 of the 97-MW Avion power plant have been completed by GE (General Electric), the original equipment manufacturer,” the Lopez-led power firm said in a disclosure on Tuesday.

Avion runs on GE’s dual fuel aero-derivative gas turbines.

The company said it will be conducting recommissioning and testing activities on the unit to determine when it can return to commercial operations.

Prime Meridian owns the Avion power plant within the First Gen Energy Complex in Batangas. Avion is one of the five natural gas facilities that source their supply from the offshore Malampaya gas field.

First Gen previously said that 50 MW from Avion’s Unit 1, which can operate on either natural gas or diesel, is unaffected, indicating that it remains operational.

Aside from Avion, First Gen’s other natural gas-fed plants are the 1,000-MW Santa Rita, the 500-MW San Lorenzo, and the 420-MW San Gabriel.

Another facility receiving supply from the deepwater-to-gas project is the 1,200-MW Ilijan natural gas plant, which is operated by KEPCO Ilijan Corp.

CLEAN POWER DEAL
In a separate regulatory filing on Tuesday, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. said it had forged a deal with First Gen for the supply of 2.5 MW of clean power sourced from geothermal energy.

First Gen will be supplying the listed broadband provider with power sourced from its Leyte-based Tongonan geothermal power plant owned by the company’s subsidiary Energy Development Corp.

The move allows Converge’s main office in Pasig City to fully run on renewable energy.

“The clean energy that First Gen will provide for our head office… complements our business in more ways than one. It reflects our choices as a responsible company that wishes to do its share for the environment,” Converge Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony H. Uy said during a recent virtual signing ceremony.

Converge President and Chief Resources Officer Maria Grace Y. Uy said that the move will help the firm reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as well as lower its operating expenses.

The two-year supply contract took effect on Sept. 26.

On Tuesday, First Gen shares at the local bourse improved by 0.17% or five centavos to finish at P29.10 apiece. Meanwhile, Converge shares climbed by 10.71% or P3 to finish at P31 each. — Angelica Y. Yang