Avion Unit 1 back on partial operation

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Unit 1 of First Gen Corporation’s 97-megawatt (MW) Avion Power Plant in Batangas City is now partially operating after almost two months of repairs. 

“The unit is currently commercially available on natural gas operation but [General Electric (GE)] will continue recommissioning and testing activities using liquid fuel,” First Gen said in its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday.

Avion’s 48.5MW Unit 1 encountered damages to one of its gas turbines in December last year, just around a month after resuming full operations. 

The plant utilizes two GE LM60000 PC dual fuel aero-derivative gas turbines. 

Meanwhile, Unit 2 remains fully operational. Unit 2, also with a 48.5MW capacity was likewise damaged in August last year, but resumed operations in October. 

First Gen had recently been granted a Php2.8 billion loan to fund Avion’s general and working capital requirements. 

Avion is one of the country’s five plants sourcing fuel from the Malampaya gas field in Palawan.