P2B wind power project in Oriental Mindoro starts
CALAPAN CITY – The government has formally announced that the first phase of the P2-billion worth and 44-megawatt wind power project in Oriental Mindoro will start this April with the construction of the needed facilities in Puerto Galera municipality.
Oriental Mindoro First District Congressman Rodolfo G. Valencia told newsmen here that last March 15, a memorandum of agreement was signed by him, Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr., Director General Cayetano Paderanga of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras of Department of Energy (DOE) and Brulli Energia for the construction of 16-megawatt facility for the first phase of the project, which its groundbreaking will be held on April 15.
Congressman Valencia told newsmen that with the subsequent implementation of the total 44-megawatt wind power project, as a result of concerned groups’ cooperation, the power rates in the whole province will be lowered. This is because that aside from the said project in Puerto Galera, a similar undertaking is now being conceptualized for realization in Bulalacao, the southernmost tip municipality in Oriental Mindoro.
According to Valencia, once the project be completed, the P13 per kilowatt-hour being presently charged from electric consumers here will be lowered to an estimated P6.50 per kilowatt.
The project will be mainly managed by Brulli Energia, a private Italian company that handles major part of electric transmission grid in Italy and specializes in operating electric transmission stations and power plants from hydro power plant to wind farms.
The $44-million or almost P2-billion project is envisioned to be the “most modern and most efficient wind power in the Philippines.
According to the explanation of Gian Luigi Montorsi, managing director of Brulli Energia, there will only be 10-15% of the total project cost will be allotted to its maintenance cost. And once the project become successful, Oriental Mindoro is estimated to reach a total electric generating capacity of 260 megawatts.