By Alena Mae S. Flores – February 13, 2019 at 07:45 pm
Romblon Electric Cooperative Inc. and Japanese manufacturer Komaihaltec Inc. completed a P242-million, 900-kilowatt wind project in Barangays Agnay, Bagacay and Lonos in the capital town of Romblon, Romblon.
The wind project was constructed to accommodate the increasing electricity demand of the island province. It was built with the support of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.
National Electrification Administration deputy administrator for technical services Artis Nikki Tortola lauded Romelco for completing the project.
“For so long a time, we were conditioned to think that private companies can best operate and maintain power plants. However, Romelco defied those perceptions and proof of this are the many power generation projects the cooperative has ventured into,” Tortola said.
“Anything is possible and the electric cooperatives, if given the chance, are the most potent arm in the quest of the national government for total electrification all over the Philippines by providing stable and clean energy at the most reasonable rate compared to the private sector,” Tortola said.
The project initially faced a wide range of challenges from land acquisition, importation of construction equipment, to securing permits and service contracts from the Department of Energy and other government regulators.
“Realizing this project was not easy,” Romelco general manager Rene Fajilagutan said.