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Maibarara-2 geothermal plant about to start commissioning
Maibarara Geothermal, Inc. (MGI) expects to start testing and commissioning of its 12 MW Maibarara-2 geothermal power plant extension in the Philippines, ThinkGeoenergy.com reported Dec. 11.
With the approval from the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) of the registration of its 12 MW Maibarara-2 geothermal project as a Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) participating generation facility, the 12 MW Maibarara-2 geothermal project has taken a major hurdle.
“The completion of these two critical WESM and grid connection requirements is a significant milestone for MGI as these are technical prerequisites for eventual commercial operations.” MGI President F. G. Delfin, Jr., said.
MGI also completed on November 18, with Japan’s Fuji Electric, the target plate testing of M2 steam, a pre-commissioning activity in which the quality of the steam that will pass through the turbine blades is assessed.
MGI Steamfield Manager Pedro G. Callos declared, “Results of the said test showed that the supply steam for Maibarara-2 complies with Fuji Electric’s very high standards. This target plate testing is the culmination of the commissioning and testing of Maibarara-2’s steam gathering system which started in April 2017 with the steam flushing of the completed steam piping system and additional flow tests of supply well MB-15D.”
MGI is a joint venture of PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC, 65%), PHINMA Energy Corporation (25%), and PNOC Renewables Corporation (10%). PGEC is the renewable energy holding company of publicly-listed PetroEnergy Resources Corporation (PERC).
PGEC Head of Energy Trading Dave P. Gadiano disclosed, “The WESM registration of Maibarara-2 clears the way for the facility to export power to the grid during the commissioning stage. The testing and commissioning of Maibarara-2 is estimated to start by middle of December. Export of power to the grid is expected soon after commissioning starts.”