EDC cooling towers in Bicol damaged from 'Glenda'

Posted at 07/17/14 1:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Lopez-owned Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said its cooling towers installed at the Bacman geothermal power plant sustained damages due to the typhoon "Glenda."

In a disclosure Thursday, the power company said the affected cooling towers at the plants 55-megawatt units 1 and 2 “have sustained damage and will require some repair before their return to service.”

“The company would, however, like to stress the availability of strategic spares that have been ordered precisely for this type of contingency,” the firm said.

EDC stressed that all its power plant buildings are largely intact and turbines and generators are unaffected.

Steam pipes were also spared from serious damage.

Meanwhile, the company said its 20 megawatt unit 3 is still on planned one-month shutdown for the replacement of its generator with a brand new unit.

The Bacon Manito plant is located in the towns of Bacon, Sorsogon and Manito, Albay in the Bicol region, which is one of the areas badly hit by the typhoon.