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EDC selects turbine for 29-MW geothermal expansion project in the Philippines

Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group Company and provider of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, said that the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) selected its turbine for the 29-MW Palayan Bayan geothermal expansion project.

The plant is to be built at the Bacon-Manito geothermal facility located in Luzon Island, Philippines.

EDC, a vertically integrated geothermal company signed a contract with Turboden to supply a new class binary power generation system to recover heat from a brine flow downstream of an existing flash plant. The project is expected to be operational by end 2022 and is part of overall efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from thermal power generation by replacing the local grid’s dependence on fossil fuels and other energy sources.

Expanding the use of clean energy in the Philippines, where the demand for electricity is expanding in line with its GDP growth, is an important goal for the country, said Turboden. The country consists of many volcanic islands and is one of the world’s third largest geothermal producer, next to the U.S. and Indonesia. The ratio of installed capacity to resources (development rate) is the highest in the world, making the Philippines one of the most active countries in geothermal development.

“We are very proud of this new project with a leading clean energy developer such as EDC. The new binary geothermal power generation using ORC technology in this project does not require additional drilling and can generate power by utilizing waste heat water from existing geothermal power plants. This brine recovery solution is highly replicable in many existing high enthalpy geothermal plants both in the Philippines and worldwide,” noted Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO Turboden.

 In addition, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan selected this project as one of the FY2020 “Bilateral Credit Mechanism (JCM) Funding Support Projects.” In addition to contributing to COreduction in the Philippines, the project will also contribute to achieving Japan’s CO2 reduction goals. 

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