PetroWind gets greenlight for phase 2 of Nabas wind power project

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PetroWind Energy Inc. (PWEI) has acquired approvals for the activation of its 13.2-megawatt (MW) Phase-2 of its Nabas wind power project in Aklan.

PWEI, formed by PetroGreen Energy Corp., EEI Power Corp., and Thailand’s BCPG Public Co. Ltd., said in a statement that the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines, Inc. (IEMOP) approved the registration of its facility with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

In a report by Business World, PetroGreen Assistant Vice-President for Power Markets Dave P. Gadiano said the WESM registration approval accredits Phase 2 as an added facility under PWEI.

Gadiano highlighted that the approval follows the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) successful testing of the project’s metering equipment last February.

Additionally, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) conducted a test for supervisory control and data acquisition of the project in March.

After receiving the WESM registration approval, the NGCP issued a certificate permitting Phase 2 to connect as a load facility.

PetroGreen Vice President for Technical Operations Paul Elmer C. Morala stated that this approval enables PWEI to activate the newly established 16 megavolt-amperes (MVA) Phase-2 substation with feedback power allowing for the initiation of internal technical tests of its VESTAS wind turbines.

Morala further added that if all goes well, grid compliance tests with power export to the grid will soon follow, referring to the Panay sub-grid.

The Nabas-2 project, positioned south of the existing 36-MW Nabas-1 wind power project, is set to add six turbine generators to the current 18 of the first phase.

PWEI aims to finish the second phase of the project by 2024.