Over 4,000MW in power projects endorsed for system impact study

DOE-diesel plant

The Department of Energy (DOE) has endorsed 13 more projects worth 4,149.3 megawatts (MW) to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for system impact study, as of end-September, for a total of 67 power ventures this year.

Diesel (1,476.69MW), liquefied natural gas or LNG (1,340MW), and wind projects (1,210MW) — particularly offshore wind — dominate the list.

For diesel, JBD Management and Consulting, Inc. has the largest project in terms of proposed installed capacity with its planned 1,400MW Pakil Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant by the Laguna De Bay, followed by Fort Pilar Energy unit Belgrove Power’s 60MW Malaya Diesel Power Plant in Pililla, Rizal, and Vivant Corporation-owned La Pampanga Energy Corporation’s 16.692MW bunker-fired diesel engine facility in Porac, Pampanga.

Fort Pilar recently bought the 650MW Malaya Thermal Power Plant from the government.

As for LNG, Belgrove has its 1,200MW combined-cycle plant also in Pililla, while Converge Power Generation Corporation has its 140MW Cebu LNG Power Plant in Lapu-Lapu City.

Meanwhile, wind projects include Earth Sol Power Corporation’s 510MW offshore venture in between Iloilo and Guimaras and its 500MW Bagac Bay project in Bataan. Solar Philippines also has its 200MW Calatagan Wind Power Project in Batangas. The Leandro Leviste-led firm also hosts a solar farm in Calatagan.

Shizen, Inc.’s 79.46MW solar project is the only one of its kind among the new additions.

As for hydropower, Pan Pacific Renewable Power Philippines leads the list with its 22.5MW project in Tinglayan, Kalinga. Baguio-based Zak Green Energy, Inc. has two ventures in the list totaling 12.19MW and both in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, while Century Peak Energy Corporation (CPEC) has an 8.1MW project in Igbaras, Iloilo.

Pan Pacific’s projects in Apayao have previously faced opposition from tribal communities. Meanwhile, CPEC’s Php2.5-billion investment to bring in 20,000 electric vehicles in the country was previously endorsed by the DOE to the Board of Investments.