$300M wind farm to start operation in Burgos town in 2014

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte – A $300 million wind power project in this town will start operating next year, a top official of an Energy firm announced during the groundbreaking ceremony held here last April 17.

EDC President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Tantoco, led the launching of the project here together with other EDC executives and officials of its partner-companies, Vestas and First Balfour, Ilocos Norte provincial officers led by Board Member Mariano Marcos II, Director of Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy Mario Marasigan, and Burgos Mayor Cresente Garcia.

“We expect to start the construction 4 to 6 weeks from now but the question is if we are to start with 87MW or just gear it to 150MW,” Tantoco said.

The largest of its kind in the Philippines, the 600 hectare wind farm will be constructed across three barangays and will take less than two years to finish.

EDC officials said the plant is expected to account for approximately 233-million kWh annually and power over a million households, boosting Luzon grid which needs an additional 4,200MW in the next 10 years.

Tantoco said that the project also includes a 42-kilometer 115kV transmission line to connect the wind farm’s Burgos substation to Laoag City substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

The Department of Public Works and Highways and the  Department of Tourism will also construct a 3-kilometer concrete road to connect the wind farm to the main road.

Governor Imee Marcos said that the “exemplary launch” of EDC’s wind project supports the green advocacy of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte which is now focused on combating climate change.

“Our green advocacy does not only attest to our pledge to promote investment and development but also to our commitment of providing a clean and safer environment for our children,” Marcos added.

In 1980, Ilocos Norte launched  its renewable energy program with the establishment of a 5MW Agua Grande Mini-hydro power plant in Pagudpud.

In 2005, former governor now senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. aggressively pursued the first power generating wind farm in Bangui town, now known as Bangui windmills.  (With report from Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)