29 March 2010 in Inquirer.net
Green’ power plant to be built in Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Pangasinan has been chosen as site of another power plant, making it the third to be hosted by the province.
But this time, a “green” company will be building the plant – a biomass power-generating plant that can generate 35 megawatts of electricity.
Biomass is a renewable energy source that uses agricultural wastes to produce electricity.
“That’s coming on quite quickly and we’re looking forward to implement that as soon as possible. We’re still looking for a [suitable] location,” said David de Montaigne, president of the Global Green Power PLC Corp.
The province already hosts a coal-fired power plant in Sual town and a hydroelectric plant in San Manuel town.
De Montaigne said his company’s subsidiary, Green Power Pangasinan Philippines Inc., had earlier found a site but it had to scout for an appropriate location after the massive flooding that hit the province last year.
“The original site we had looked at was not appropriate after the release of dam waters from [San Roque Dam]. That was record-level and after we got flooded, we didn’t like the idea that that might happen again,” De Montaigne said.
He declined to say the project’s original site in the province.
According to the company website (www.green-power-pangasinan.com), the province was chosen because of its strategic location for biomass availability.
Pangasinan, which has an agricultural area of about 180,000 hectares, is the country’s third largest rice producer.