Aboitiz Power Corp. has reassured the public that the Tiwi geothermal plant in Albay continues to operate smoothly despite the heightened activity of the nearby Mayon Volcano.
According to Aboitiz Power, the country’s first and oldest geothermal power facility is currently operating under normal conditions, efficiently supplying electricity to the Luzon grid without any disruptions caused by the volcanic unrest.
Jeffrey R. Estrella, president and COO of AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), which manages the facility, confirmed that there have been no notable impacts on geothermal electricity production in terms of temperature, fluid flow, or other related issues.
“The complex gross generation for the past week has been around 120 megawatts (MW) with no incident relating to Mayon’s unrest,” he said.
While the Tiwi geothermal plant is 24 kilometers away from the Mayon Volcano’s crater, Estrella emphasized that they remain on high alert and maintain a strong focus on safety to address any potential eventualities.
In fact, Aboitiz Power is making significant progress in the construction of a binary geothermal plant within the Tiwi facility.
This expansion project aims to add 17 MW of clean electricity capacity by the end of the year, contributing to the company’s commitment to sustainable energy development in the region.