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EDC to shut down Bac-Man unit for inspection on Thursday

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA - Energy Development Corp (EDC) said it will shut down a generating unit of the Bacon-Manito geothermal plant starting tomorrow for maintenance works.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, EDC said that it will inspect the steam turbine and conduct "opportunity maintenance" works on the 55-megawatt (MW) BacMan Unit 1 for 12 days starting tomorrow.

"Based on the findings of such inspection, EDC management will decide whether or not further restrictions to the operation of Unit 1 are necessary," it said.

Last March, EDC shut down units 1 and 2 of the BacMan facility after a turbine blade was sheared off at the second unit, which also has a 55-MW capacity.

The incident happened within days after the company resumed commercial operations of the power plant that had undergone rehabilitation.

As a precautionary measure, EDC temporarily suspended the operations of BacMan's Unit 1 for inspection.

The BacMan geothermal power facility was acquired by EDC in 2009 in a state auction for P1.28 billion. The company, however, had to rehabilitate the facility after it was found to have deteriorated in government hands.
 

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