DOE okays GIS for 5 proposed power projects

By Lenie Lectura – December 15, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE Department of Energy (DOE) has recently cleared five proposed power projects for the conduct of a grid impact study (GIS).

The proposed projects are expected to generate a total installed capacity of 566.7 megawatts (MW) of power capacity. A clearance for the conduct of a grid impact study is necessary for a power firm before it can proceed with the construction of its power project.

The DOE issued the green light for the conduct of the said study to the following power projects: 4.5-MW Sawaga River mini-hydropower plant, 6.2-MW Katipunan River mini-hydropower plant, 500-MW liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fired power barge, 24-MW biogas power plant and 32- MW SPC power barge 104.

REPower Energy Development Corp. is undertaking the two hydropower projects in Bukidnon. It secured the agency’s clearance on November 11.

The gas project in Batangas City, meanwhile, will be undertaken by Vires Energy Corp., which secured the DOE’s go ahead for the conduct of a study on November 24. Vires earlier said it tapped a Norwegian company for the construction of the LNG project. It signed early this year a technology license agreement with Sevan Marine’s subsidiary HiLoad LNG AS for an LNG receiving and regasification terminal.

Vires also signed a separate engineering service contract with HiLoad LNG for design and engineering work.

The LNG receiving and regasification terminal, called floating regas dock, provides a competitive alternative to floating, storage and regasification unit for smaller volumes, ranging typically from 50 million to 200 million standard cubic feet per day.

The biogas project will be in Lal-lo, Cagayan, and will be undertaken by Natures Renewable Energy Development Corp. The DOE’s green light for the conduct of a grid impact study for this project was issued on November 25.

SPC Power Corp. also secured the agency’s go ahead for its power barge in Subic on November 28.

In 2015 over 13,000 MW of power capacity from various power projects were approved by the DOE for the conduct of the said study.