by Alena Mae S. Flores – July 05, 2016 at 11:45 pm
from Manila Standard Today
Aboitiz Renewables Inc., the renewable energy arm of Aboitiz Power Corp., said Tuesday it completed the acquisition of an 8.8-megawatt biomass energy facility being built by Aseagas Corp. in Lian, Batangas.
Aboitiz Power said its renewable unit acquired Aseagas from parent company Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. for P605 million.
“The addition of Aseagas and biomass technology intensifies Aboitiz Power’s efforts in expanding our renewable energy portfolio. We are excited about biomass and we hope to build more capacity through this technology,” said Aboitiz Power president and chief operating officer Antonio Moraza.
“We have always expressed that Aboitiz Power will continue pursuing renewable energy as long as it is available and viable; this project is a testament to that commitment,” Moraza said.
The biomass power plant is expected to become fully operational and deliver power to the Luzon grid before the fourth quarter of 2016.
This is the first foray of Aboitiz Power into biomass technology, and is set to boost the company’s renewable energy capacity under the Cleanergy brand, he said.
The sale involved 72.71 million common shares and 654.3 million redeemable preferred shares priced at P0.832175 and P0.832175, respectively.
The board of Aboitiz Equity approved the sale of all of its equity interests in Aseagas to Aboitiz Renewables in April.
“The acquisition of the shares in Aseagas is in line with Aboitiz Power’s target to increase its attributable net sellable capacity to 4,000 megawatts by 2020,” Aboitiz Power said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Aboitiz Power also ventured for the first time into solar power, with the inauguration of the San Carlos Sun Power, Inc.’s 59-MWp solar power plant in Negros Occidental in April.
The first Aseagas biomass facility will utilize and convert the organic effluent of its partner Absolut Distillery Inc. into clean and renewable energy, which will help power around 22,000 households. It will also produce 33 tons per day of liquid carbon dioxide for the industrial and beverage industries.
Aboitiz Power now has an extensive renewable energy footprint nationwide with its large hydro, run-of-river hydro, geothermal, solar and now biomass power plants.
Aboitiz Power and its partners produce 3,350 MW of total net sellable capacity, 38-percent of which comes from its renewable power plants all over the country.
Aseagas chief operating officer Juan Alfonso said the strong partnership of Aseagas and Absolut would ensure the sustainability and continued operations of the biomass facility in Lian.
“During the 24-month construction period, the team was able to reach the safety milestone of 1 million hours without lost time incident. We look forward to full operations of the plant within this year,” said Alfonso.