The Philippine National Oil Company – Renewables Corp (PNOC-RC) has chosen the H&WB Asia Pacific (Pte. Ltd) Corp and French partner Sabella SaS to build the first ocean power plant in the Philippines.
The two companies will set out a tidal in – stream energy conversion technology in H&WB’s three areas in the San Bernardo Strait between Matnog, Sorsogon and Capul and Dalupiri in Northern Samar.
“Tidal energy resource is considered more predictable and consistent than wave energy resource, and even wind for that matter,” H&WB said in a report by the Manila Times.
In a report by the Manila Standard, PNOC RC says that it believes in tapping renewable energy streams along the country’s coasts and commits to helping in energy self – sufficiency with the Department of Energy’s policy of a balanced energy mix.
In October 2016, the PNOC RC signed a memorandum of agreement with H&WB on three service contracts from the DOE, particularly in the San Bernardino Strait, and with the Sabella SaS.
H&WB earlier conducted a resource assessment and preliminary in situ current measurements to figure out the energy potential of San Bernardino between Matnog in Sorsogon and Northern Samar.
The partnership between H&WB and Sabella looks to establish a purpose company in the first semester of 2017 to kick start project finance and engineering works, thus launching then first ever Tisec power in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.
H&WB is a registered local corporation that promotes and develops systems that produce, process and generate energy from fossil and renewable energy sources. While Sabella in expertise in marine technologies.