Aboitiz Power plans expansion at Tiwi and Makban geothermal plants, Philippines

Makban geothermal power plant, Philippines (source: ThinkGeoEnergy, creative commons)
Carlo Cariaga 27 Aug 2019

A six-year expansion plan for the Tiwi and Makban geothermal plants is already underway, according to Aboitiz Power.

According to Aboitiz Power chief operating officer Emmanual Rubio, they are expecting an increase in generation capacity in both the Tiwi and Makban geothermal power plants after the six-year rehabilitation of the steamfields. The rehabilitation project had already commenced last year.

Aboitiz Power, through AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), operates the 458-MW MakBan geothermal site that straddles the provinces of Batangas and Laguna, as well as the 289-MW Tiwi geothermal site in Albay, Bicol Region. Steamfield management is handled by the Philippine Geothermal Production Co. Inc (PGPC).

In 2018, APRI signed a geothermal resources supply and services agreement (GRSSA) that tasked PGPC with the drilling of 12 new production wells over a six-year period to support steam availability for the power plants and increase generation capacity by 20 percent.

Source: Philippine Star