Bacman Unit 1 back online after extended shutdown

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The Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has recom–missioned the operations of the 55-megawatt (MW) Unit 1 of the Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geo–thermal plants in Albay and Sorsogon provinces after an extended shutdown.

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EDC told the stock exchange on Monday that the operations of Bacman’s Unit I, which has been closed last year from damages, had already commenced.

According to EDC, the turbine unit of the plant has been 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,” EDC said in its filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Further to an interim inspection conducted on Bacman Unit I in September 2013, the company has decided to extend its shutdown after hairline cracks were detected in two turbine blades. As an interim solution, a third-party contractor was commissioned to repair the unit.

Located in the towns of Bacon, Sorsogon province and Manito, Albay province, Bacman consists of the Bacman I—2 X 55-MW and Bacman II—2 X 20-MW units.

Early last year, EDC shut down both units of the facility after a turbine blade was trimmed off at the second unit. This happened days after the company resumed commercial operations of the Bacman facility, which just came from rehabilitation. In 2009, EDC submitted the winning bid at $28.25 million for the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management’s auction of the 150-MW Bacon-Manito Geothermal Plants, which are all utilizing geothermal steam supplied by EDC.

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