Malaya Thermal service contract up for bids

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STATE-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is inviting bidders for the operation and maintenance of the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya Thermal power plant.

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PSALM has allotted P457.2 million for the procurement of the operation and maintenance contract service (OMSC) for the Malaya thermal plant.

The bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Government Procurement Reform Act.

In connection with this, PSALM will hold a pre-bid conference on July 17 that shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the bidding documents.

The Malaya Thermal Power Plant Unit 1 underwent repairs but PSALM still cannot guarantee that it is 100-percent reliable operation due to the technical difficulties being encountered by the plant.

Malaya Unit 2 also underwent repairs last October 3 due to a leak on its fuel oil heater. The repair took about 11 days. Malaya Unit 2 is also due for overhauling.

Malaya is a 40-year old plant and is composed of two units with a dependable capacity of 290 MW and 340 MW each. It has been running as a must-run unit since 2010 which was officially confirmed by the Department of Energy in its issuance dated January 22, 2014.

Malaya runs on bunker C fuel and is designed to operate as a base load plant. Located in Pililia, Rizal, Malaya was formerly owned by Manila Electric Co. until government took it over during martial law.

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