Energy Logics Philippines is eyeing to boost the supply in the Luzon Grid at the end of the year as the construction of its 232-megawatt (MW) wind and solar project in Ilocos Norte begins.
The construction of the Ilocos – based project will take around 18 months to finish and will start as soon as pre-development work is completed, Lu Min, chairman of the Qingdao Hengsun Zhongsheng Group Co. Ltd.
“What we’re trying to strive is, although construction period is 18 months, we want to, by end of this year, have some some windmills and solar panels start contributing to the grid,” Lu said at the project launch in Davao.
The project is targeted for completion at the end 2018.
“Currently, the design, research, and eco-environmental study is ongoing and we are looking at completing this as soon as possible. We cannot commit the timeline but it’s already ongoing. And the preliminary work has already started,” he added.
The project is a 132 MW wind farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and a 100 MW solar power plant in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.
Construction of the wind and solar components will be built together and its Qingdao’s first project in the Philippines.
“This project will be a start. We want this project to demonstrate our capability to the Filipino people and Philippine government and from there, as a test for ourselves to make sure we would be able to deliver the product. And from this on, we hope to secure more projects and contribute back to the Philippines,” Lu said.
Lu added that this is the biggest project in its portfolio to-date. The project as and EPC cost of $430 million – majority of the total project cost estimated at $500 million.
Qingdao is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the wind and solar project.