PROJECT | Staff Reporter, Philippines

AboitizPower's 6-MW Binary Plant successfully restored

Restoration took over a year.

AboitizPower presented its 6-MW Binary Plant at the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Project last April 27.

The Binary Plant 1 utilizes excess heat from spent brine to generate clean and renewable energy for the Luzon Grid. At MakBan, the water in the reservoir that is not hot enough is fed into the Binary Plant to still generate electricity.

The Binary Plant 1 became operational in the second half of 2016 after the completion of restoration work.

“It took us more than a year to complete the restoration, but we were able to add 6 MW installed capacity of renewable energy to our facility, utilizing heat from geothermal byproducts and idle equipment,” APRI President and COO Felino Bernardo said.

The Binary Plant 1 is one of three binary cycle power plants in the MakBan Geothermal Project Complex. The binary cycle plants were decommissioned in 2008. Of the three, only Binary 1 was found viable for rehabilitation.

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