16 June 2009 in balitainoy.net
MAJOR BIO-MASS PROJECTS BEGUN IN ILOILO
UK-based firm to start construction of three biomass power plants in the country
UK-based Global Green Power PLC Corp. started the bidding process for key equipment and services necessary to build their first three 15 megawatt (MW) biomass power plants in Panay, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan.
Global Green, through its subsidiaries, will infuse a total of P5.6 billion or about US$40 million each [project] for the three power plants under the Renewable Energy program of the Philippines.
These projects have been endorsed by the Department of Energy since the passing of the Renewable Energy Bill in December and recently received Board of Investment registration as pioneer projects.
"The BOI incentives will afford the projects special fiscal and non-fiscal incentives," Gordon Thomson, CFO of Global Green Power PLC Corporation said.
Grace Yeneza, Compliance Director of Global Green Power said that the first project to be implemented is Green Power Panay Philippines Inc.
The project broke ground in Mina, Iloilo, Panay last month was attended by dignitaries from the Church, Government and Industry leaders Yeneza said.
Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and a strong proponent of Renewable Energy in Panay led the invocation.
Derek Page of the British Embassy, Clovis Tupas the General Manager of PNOC’s Alternative Fuels Corporation, the Honorable Mayor Grabato of Mina, Fred Billena President of the Panay Guimaras Power Supply Consortium and Lawyer Dennis Ventilacion, former President and now Director of Ileco 11 of Panay all attended the groundbreaking ceremonies.
Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes had appealed to the Energy Industry to move quickly in order to alleviate the power crisis that is now gripping the Island of Panay with over 1000 brownouts attributed to energy shortfalls in 2008 alone.
At the same time, Global Green signed a services contract with Poyry Energy Inc., to act as the companies Owners Engineers in April of this year in Zurich Switzerland, acccording to Bert Dalusung, Global Green CEO.
"This comprehensive contract with Poyry has now led to the full speed implementation of the three projects and a race to bring clean, renewable, decentralized energy to Panay in particular," he added.
Each of our 15 MW biomass power plants delivers around 900 local jobs, purchases agricultural residues and waste from the local farming community giving them additional income and delivers clean, decentralized and renewable energy that does not rely on imported fossil fuels. (PNA)