Mak-Ban Geothermal Power Plant

Satellite image of one facility of the Mak-Ban Geothermal Power Plant in Bay, Laguna

I’ve already featured one geothermal power plant before and that is the one at Tiwi, Albay. Well, if you want to visit a geothermal power plant and you find Albay too far, the nearest one to Metro Manila is the Mak-Ban Geothermal Power Plant located primarily in Bay, Laguna and with facilities also in neighboring Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Calauan, Laguna. The name Mak-Ban comes from the two dormant volcanoes nearby: Makiling and Banahaw, though the power plant is much, more closer to Makiling than it is to Banahaw.

According to this very technical article from the National Geothermal Association of the Philippines, Mak-Ban harnesses the geothermal energy located in the Bulalo Field, which is associated with Mt. Bulalo and Mt. Olilia, two smaller peaks located on the southeast flank of Mt. Makiling. (Mt. Bulalo can be seen on this map while Mt Olilia is the smaller peak to the southwest of Bulalo.)

Ground-level photo of one of the plants of the Mak-Ban Geothermal Power Plant. Photo taken from the NAPOCOR website

Mak-Ban all in all has 6 plants: Plants A and B with two 63-MW units each, Plant C with two 55-MW units, Plants D and E with two 20-MW units each, and a binary plant with five 3-MW and one 0.73-MW units. The satellite image thumbnail shows the largest facility of the power plant and where the transmission lines originate from. By panning around in Google Maps, you should be able to see the other plants and facilities scattered elsewhere. I wasn’t able to find a map of the facilities so I have no idea which building corresponds to which plant.

The power plant was first commissioned in 1979 and used to be under the Napocor. But because of the power generation assets privatization effort of the government, Mak-Ban and Tiwi were both auctioned off as a single package in 2008. AP Renewables, Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, won that bid. Aboitiz is in charge of the power generation, while the supplied steam generation is under Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, Inc. Basically, Chevron is in charge of the drilling and the steam while Aboitiz uses that steam for the turbines that power the electricity generators.

If you’re interested, there’s a Facebook album showing a group of students’ field trip to the the Chevron steam generation facilities at Mak-Ban.

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February 28, 2011
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  1. irvin wrote on April 3, 2011 @ 06:46PM

    parang BacMan lang lolz
    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/200145/bacman-geothermal-plant-functional-by-2012-says-new-owner

  2. Randolph G. Culanculan wrote on July 16, 2011 @ 02:15AM

    hi.. do you have any idea how to apply there in Chevron steam field who is responsible in supplying steam at MAKBAN power? any contact person or e-mail add?.. thanks

  3. Harold J. Linga wrote on August 8, 2011 @ 11:59AM

    Good day, do you know the e-mail address of mak-ban geothermal power plant in laguna and it’s contact numbers. I want to know if there is any vacancy right now in their company. I hope for your reply asap… thank you very much.

  4. Jay A. Beltran wrote on August 15, 2011 @ 01:45PM

    hi good day i want to know the inside address and contact number of mak-ban power plant, coz we want to have a power plant visit or fieltrip there, hope you can response very soon Im the president of BSEE-5 here in Polytechnic University of the Philippines maragondon campus, maragondon cavite.

  5. kevin wrote on August 16, 2011 @ 12:17AM

    may i ask some question?
    1.what are the programs to make your waste management environmental friendly?
    2.what are the means of transportation from the plant to the town?
    3.role of mechanical engineering in geothermal power plant?
    4.how many professional engr. are working here per shift?
    5.how many registered mechanical engr. are working per shift?
    6.and also how many certified plant mechanic are working per shift??

    i need an immediate answer
    thank you very much!!

  6. jay beltran wrote on August 16, 2011 @ 10:11PM

    hi goof day again Im waiting for your response, pls kindly reply this message as soon as possible thank much and more power

  7. gerald perez wrote on September 2, 2011 @ 02:14PM

    .. good day,, we, the BatStateU Balayan campus want to visit the macban power plant.. is der any email ad or any contact number that you know ??? please, this is a part of our lesson in Basic Electricity. thankyou,

  8. Aimee wrote on January 3, 2012 @ 11:48PM

    hi! i want to help my brother kasi he’s having a problem. i want to ask lang kung pwede i-explain ung Fourier’s law (detailed pls) at kung paano i-aaply sa geothermal power plant. meron kasi siyang research paper tungkol sa fourier’s law at kung pano yung computation don. pls help me

  9. Arnold Tarrobago wrote on February 6, 2012 @ 03:34PM

    dear friends at Mak-Ban,

    do you offer guided tours and orientation to your facilities? we will be having an energy conference in laguna and the participants — including delegates from abroad — are very interested about geothermal energy.

    thank you

  10. Raquel Abutin wrote on February 10, 2012 @ 02:01PM

    Dear Makb-Ban Management,

    We have visitors from our affiliate from Indonesia. Part of their Learning & Training Tour in the Philippines is a company visit to any power generation plant. In relation to this, we are seeking permission from your good office to allow us to have short company visit to Mak-Ban or any of your other similar plant. Hoping this request will merit your favorable response.

    Sincerely,

    Raquel Abutin

  11. Maria Athena Gallivo wrote on April 26, 2012 @ 02:18PM

    Hi! i will ask if there still slots for OJT, i’m a computer engineering student in STI College San Pablo and i want to apply! please give response. Thanks!

  12. Jozen Cantal wrote on June 14, 2012 @ 12:21AM

    Hi, i;m an electrical student from de la salle lipa, i just want to ask if what we must do to have a fieldtrip here. Is there any email address or contact number? We just need it for our course.

    Thank you

    here’s my email address: jamcjr_2_1992@yahoo.com

  13. nest wrote on July 17, 2012 @ 05:01PM

    can i have an info on who i can contact for some info about the geothermal plant.

  14. Joy Lingatong wrote on July 28, 2012 @ 12:33AM

    To the management of Mak-Ban Power Plant:
    I would like to know the contact information of your good office. We would like to know if we can visit the geothermal plant.Here’s my contact number 09212558356

  15. jordz buenafe wrote on August 1, 2012 @ 01:22AM

    can i know the contact number of makban power plant. we would like to visit your power plant for our field trip

    thank you for your response

  16. LADY STA TERESA wrote on January 8, 2013 @ 11:35PM

    can i know the contact number of geothermal power plant. we would like to visit your power plant for our field trip,

  17. LADY STA TERESA wrote on January 8, 2013 @ 11:36PM

    Hi can i know the contact number of geothermal power plant. we would like to visit your power plant for our field trip, please do contact me for info 09158039778, thanks

  18. Lyn Eres wrote on February 13, 2013 @ 08:45AM

    can u pls provide the key person whom to contact for on-the-job-training? also need telephone no. and e-mail add please? urgent!!! tnx.. my no. is 0915866 9871 and 0905 570 7750

  19. Kevin Arevalo wrote on February 15, 2013 @ 03:14AM

    Good Day, may i know the contact number or email address of the geothermal power plant so that we can send or contact a personnel for the request of field trip on MAKBAN power plant, Here’s my email kevin080191@yahoo.com

  20. Jose judy o. De Lara wrote on February 28, 2013 @ 04:44PM

    Hi can i know the contact number of geothermal power plant. we would like to visit your power plant for our thesis, please do contact me for info 09206214243 , thank you very much!

  21. noypi wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 09:04PM

    http://www.chevron.com/countries/philippines/contactus/

  22. jake wrote on May 18, 2014 @ 08:32AM

    can someone give me the data or even the schematic diagram of the plant with corresponding data for each state point we just need it on our power plant engineering design thank you very much! good luck and god bless

  23. Daryl Tristan C. Perez wrote on September 1, 2014 @ 03:33PM

    Good day!
    We`re conducting for a field trip in your plant. What should we do to conduct a field trip on your plant?. What are the requirements that we need to submit?. Thanks
    Contact number: 09266984805

  24. dazzl mae sabado wrote on December 15, 2014 @ 10:26AM

    how many mechanical engineers do you have in macban and what department they are designated? please answer immediately because is my assignment in my subject?

    thank you!!
  25. paulo porca wrote on January 7, 2015 @ 03:04PM

    hi! I’m a mechanical engineering student in LSPU sta.cruz..are there still available slots for ojt? may i know the person whom to contact and his email or contact number.. here’s my number:09265597089 thanks!

  26. Carl Kevin Tabula wrote on February 9, 2015 @ 02:48PM

    Hi, Im a Mechanical Engineering student from Technological Institute of the Philippines Cubao, I just want to ask if what we must do to have a plant visit here. Is there any email address or contact number? We just need it for our course.

    Thank you

    here’s my contact: tabula_elchiquito916@yahoo.com
    09339174326

  27. Jae wrote on December 1, 2015 @ 10:30AM

    Hi, Im an Electrical Engineering student from DLSUD, I just want to ask if what we must do to have a plant visit here. Is there any email address or contact number? We just need it for our course.

    Thank you

    here’s my contact: jamateva95@yahoo.com ; 09351016421

    Hoping for your reply as soon as possible

  28. Quijano, John Lorenz I. wrote on February 10, 2016 @ 06:20PM

    To the hr manager:

    Good day, I am a mechanical engineering student from Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation-Lucena City. I just want to ask if you are accepting applicants for OJT, if yes what are the requirements? because I want to take ojt in your powerplant. Here is my contact number and email add: 09392692961, johnlorenzquijano28@gmail.com.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  29. shige wang wrote on November 9, 2016 @ 05:08AM

    Dear Sir:
    We are looking forward to see the first geothermal power station “Chin-Sue” going for reconstruction in Taiwan these days and going to have its commercial operation in next five years.
    We praise your country’s achievement in the geothermal power development.
    Many people those who concerning the renewable energy development in Taiwan had a hope for this beginning although it’s so late comparing to you country. I am one of those enthusiastic, not only as an environmentalist but also an owner of the sole manufacturer of the PU Pig in Taiwan.
    I produce PU Pig for cleaning oil pipeline (attached photo), our new R&D that can produce high-heat-resistant pig is ready for US-Canadian XL Keystone long pipeline use, this pipeline will deliver stale oil sand (temperature 150C degree) from Alberta to Houston , our pig can stand 200C degree, so it’s supposed to be used in geothermal pipe cleaning if its has “CO32” sediment silt up.
    Actually this Taiwan “Chin-Sue” geothermal power station has developed since 1976, because when the geothermal water pipes (production well) which taking the steam and hot water from underground to the grand surface, the steam and hot water had its “CO32” chemical and silted up the internal wall of the well pipe gradually, this chemical became hard sediment and caused the well pipe’s internal diameter reduce day after day. Till 1993 the staff of “Chin-Sue” checked the quantity of the steam and hot water production only about 10% left because the well pipe’s internal diameter also decreased about 90% (only 10% left) after its 12 years commercial operation. At last the owner of this power station “TaiPower” had only choice to close it up.
    I like to ask you this question that has it “CO23” chemical content in your geothermal water? If you have it too, how do you treat it in Philippines?
    Thank you
    Sincerely yours
    Shige Wang
    Manager
    Dura Pigging Co.,

  30. Allan fule wrote on January 15, 2017 @ 10:58PM

    To the hr Manager:
    Good day.I am a mechanical engineering student from Palawan state university ,Palawan.I just want to ask if you are accepting applicant for OJT,if yes what are the requirements? Because I want to take ojt in you’re power plant.Here is my contact number and email add:
    09503071838
    Allanfule@gmail.com
    Thank-you for you’re consideration
    Kindly you’re
    ALLAN

  31. Jomer Badua wrote on August 14, 2017 @ 02:37PM

    Good day!
    Hi,this is Jomer of Direct Electrix Equipment Corporation. I want to visit in your site personally to meet the key person who will lead my purpose . Since you are our existing client, I’ll be the who will take over the account of former sales executive. All your concerns,questions and quiries will be forwarded to me. Im hoping that you will be replied as soonest of possible time.
    Thank you and God bless.
    Regards
    Jomer
    Sales Executive

  32. jonathan bonaobra wrote on August 25, 2017 @ 06:38PM

    Good day po ask ko lang po kung pwedw po ba mag conduct ng field trips dyan po sa inyo.. Ask narin po yung contact nyo po salamat po.

  33. JP Castro wrote on September 1, 2017 @ 02:04PM

    Magandang araw. Ako po ay isang Mechanical Engineering student. Nais ko pong makahingi ng contact details ng Mak-Ban Geothermal powerplant. Nais po kasi naming mag-conduct ng Plant Visit sa Mak-Ban geothermal powerplant sa darating na Oktubre.

  34. Melvin wrote on December 12, 2017 @ 01:26PM

    Magandang Umaga. Ako po ay isang Mechanical Engineering student from PUP-taguig. Nais ko pong makahingi ng contact details ng Mak-Ban Geothermal powerplant. Nais po kasi naming mag-conduct ng Plant Visit sa Mak-Ban geothermal powerplant. Thanks! Godbless!

    Here is my contact no.
    09276387353
    melvinpizon87@gmail.com

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