Geothermal power deposit found in Oriental Mindoro to last for 75 years
POSTED: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY — An energy company which is planning to conduct power generation operations in the whole Mindoro Island has confirmed over the weekend that the geothermal deposits that they discovered in a central municipality in Oriental Mindoro could generate at least 40 to 50 megawatts of electricity that will last for 75 years.
Gani Capaning, media and PR department head of Emerging Power, Inc. (EPI) said their discovery, dubbed as the “Mindoro Geothermal Project,” could generate more than enough energy for the whole island’s power needs in the next 20 years.
Capaning this promises low-cost electricity for the people of two Mindoro provinces – Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.
He said ISOR, an Icelandic company, located the geothermal reservoir lying some 600 meters deep and that the clay cap which contains the geothermal fluid is just 200 meters from surface of Brgy. Montelago, in Naujan town, Oriental Mindoro province.
In a press briefing here October 3, the EPI official also revealed that the geothermal power source in Oriental Mindoro, one of the few areas in the Philippines which was found out to have vast deposit of such power, was the most sustainable alternative power potential so far that can outlast the hydropower, wind power and solar power.
EPI, an independent power producer (IPP) which recently got DOLE approval in getting their electricity supply agreement (ESA) with both the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ormeco) and Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (Omeco), will start operating and drilling of geothermal power source this last quarter of the year. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)