17 December 2009 in The Mindoro Post
UK-RP firm to set up biomass power plants in Mindoro, 11 other sites
British-Filipino renewable energy firm Global Green Power Plc Corp. (GGP) is planning to invest up to $1.035 billion to put up biomass power plants in Mindoro and 11 other sites in the country, the company’s top official has announced.
GGPPC president David de Montaigne on Wednesday said the Mindoro site is in the last phase of the three-phase project development.
At the groundbreaking ceremony for GGPPC’s 17.5-MW biomass power in Nueva Ecija, De Montaigne said the company was planning to put up a combined 420 megawatts (MW) of biomass power plants in 12 sites within eight years.
“What we do is we build 17.5 MW in each site, and at the appropriate time, we will expand the plants by another 17.5 MW,” he said.
Biomass, a renewable energy source, is a biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms, such as wood, waste, and alcohol fuels.
Construction of two other 17.5 MW biomass power plants is underway in Mina, Iloilo and in Pangasinan as part of the project’s first phase, De Montaigne.
For the second and third phases, he said biomass power plants will be constructed in Cagayan Valley, Bicol, Samar, Bukidnon, Negros, Agusan, Ilocos, Davao and Mindoro.
“It is very encouraging that the Philippine government, and especially the Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture are reacting quickly and positively to support renewable energy projects that address climate change whilst helping our farming communities,” Maribeth de Montaigne, GGPC director for social programs and poverty alleviation, said.
GGPPC is currently operating a 400 MW biomass power plant in China, which is set to be expanded to about 800 MW by mid 2010.