Nation's biggest wind power project breaks ground on Sept. 7 in OrMin

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 12:00 AM    Views : 1320by:Luis T. Cueto

The 48-MW wind power project in this province, said to be the biggest of such undertaking so far in the country, is set for ground breaking on September 7 at Puerto Galera.

This was announced recently by Oriental Mindoro First District Congressman Rodolfo G. Valencia as he disclosed that the three-phased project, called the 48-MW Wind Energy Power System (WEPS) is worth P2 billion per component or has a total cost of P6 billion.

The second of its kind in the Philippines and a brainchild of Valencia, who is acknowledged as the "father of renewable energy in Oriental Mindoro," the said project will be conducive for expanding business and tourism, manufacturing, and other industries, thereby improving the economy of the whole province.

It is also designed and capable of generating 16 megawatts of electric power and is touted to be the biggest wind power project in the country.

Among the expected guest in the event are Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Luca Fornari, Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali Jr., Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali of the second district of the province, Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras and representatives from Italian power firm CMC Asia Inc. led by its chairman, Engr. Armando de Rossi, who is also the chief executive officer of the project owner-developer Philippine Hybrid Energy System Inc. (PHESI).

Also expected to grace the event are representatives from the Spanish contracting firm Gamesa Eolica S.L. Unipersonal, PHESI Chief Operating Officer Nicky Villaseņor, officers of Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (ORMECO), foreign and local investors and selected local government units.

The project's facility site in the village of Baclayan, overlooking Puerto Galera's scenic resorts and coves, has an area of 1,296 ha located within the Department of Energy-approved Renewable Energy Service Contract (RESC), approximately six km from the interconnection point of the National Power Corp.-Small Power Utilities Group (NPC-SPUG) 69 KV Mindoro Grid.

WEPS will start official commercial operations on or before 2015. The project is a component of the power development program supported by the Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Oriental Mindoro.

Valencia said aside from this project, they have identified energy power renewable sources in this island province which are hydro, wind and geothermal, with an estimated total or combined generating capacity of 380 MW. He added that 35 identified waterfalls in the province are being studied.

This development on power in the province is strengthened by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), approval and inclusion in its Transmission Development Plan of the Batangas-Mindoro Interconnection Project (BMIP), which will link the island of Mindoro to mainland Luzon through the submarine power cable. It has now pending application in the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to start development.



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