AT least 5 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy have been added to the Luzon power grid after the subsidiary of the Lopez-led Energy Development Corp (EDC) boosted the capacity of its BacMan geothermal power plants in the Bicol region.
BacMan Geothermal Inc. (BGI), a wholly owned subsidiary of EDC, operates the Bacman geothermal power plants. The EDC and its subsidiaries are considered the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy, accounting for more than 60 percent of the total geothermal capacity installed in the country.
BGI said it is now operating Unit 2 at 60 MW gross, up by 5 MW.
“The increased capacity is a direct result of the upgraded Toshiba turbine design,” the EDC said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).
The installation of the brand new Toshiba steam turbine rotor unit and diaphragms was completed in September 2014.
BacMan consists of BacMan I with two 55-megawatt turbines and BacMan II with 20-MW geothermal facilities.
The geothermal power plants are located in the towns of Bacon in Sorsogon province and Manito in Albay.
EDC President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Tantoco earlier said that BacMan plants in the Bicol region did not generate revenue last year because they were affected by calamities.
Tantoco, however, said that the BacMan plants came back on stream this year after they underwent repair in 2013. Units 1 and 3 had been temporarily shut down to give way to new turbine rotors, which were scheduled for this quarter and the first quarter of 2015.
The EDC, formerly owned by the state owned—Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), is engaged in the exploration of resources, production of energy and distribution of power supply to smaller electricity distributors.