The Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has re-commissioned the second of two Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal plants in Albay and Sorsogon after an extended shutdown that lasted more than a year.
A disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Friday showed that EDC has put back into operations the second unit of BacMan after shutting down the facility in early 2013 due to a technical problem.
“EDC advised the PSE that BacMan Unit 2 has successfully completed its reliability runs and is now delivering electricity into the grid,” EDC told the local bourse.
“The unit, however, remains subject to close monitoring and to additional tests,” the company added. Located in the towns of Bacon, Sorsogon Province and Manito, Albay Province, BacMan consists of Bacman l and Bacman 2, which have a combined capacity of 150 megawatts.
Early last year, EDC shut down both units of the facility after a turbine blade failed at the second unit. This happened days after the company resumed commercial operations of the Bacman facility, which had just completed a rehabilitation. EDC had earlier informed the stock exchange that the operations of Bacman l had commenced.
Formerly owned by the government, Bacman was acquired by EDC by submitting a winning bid of $28.25 million at an auction conducted by Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management in 2009.