DOE eyes redevelopment of 9 ports to support offshore wind


The Department of Energy (DOE) is set to redevelop nine ports across the country as integration ports that will house the equipment needed for the development of offshore wind projects, as the government expects higher investor interest in renewable energy. 

In a report by the Inquirer, Energy Assistant Secretary Mylene Capongcol said that DOE is currently assessing the identifying ports with Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

Capongcol said that the assessment would determine the readiness of ports and the upgrades needed to accommodate offshore wind development. 

Among the initial locations are the Port of Irene in Cagayan Valley, and ports in Iloilo, Batangas, and Mindoro. 

The 19.2-hectare Mabini Port of the Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) is also being considered. PNOC earlier said they are looking to spend Php 1.18 billion for the redevelopment of the port. 

The country has yet to have a port to house materials for offshore wind development. 

Capongcol said that the redevelopment of ports will be funded by the port owners, while the assessment will be funded through a grant with ADB.