THE Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded 15 renewable energy service contracts to AQA Global Power Inc. in line with the government’s continuing drive to develop indigenous energy resources. No amount was provided for the projects.
According to the DOE, the contracts entail the development of hydro power projects in the provinces of Palawan and Lanao del Sur with a total generating capacity of 288 megawatts (MW).
The Lanao del Sur undertakings include the 50-MW Lake Dapao project and the 50-MW Maitling River project.
The DOE did not specify any figures for the contract value of the projects.
The projects in Palawan are the Marangas River hydroelectric power (HEP) with a capacity of 12 MW, the Sologon River HEP at Brook’s Point (12 MW), the Busuanga River 1 HEP (8 MW), the Ilian River Kaliwa HEP (20 MW), the Ilian River Kanan HEP (12 MW), the Estrella River HEP (8 MW), the Bato-Bato Kaliwa HEP (12 MW), the Malasgao Kaliwa HEP (10 MW), the Inaguan River HEP (12 MW), the Culasian River HEP (10 MW), and the Barabakan River 1 HEP (15 MW).
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla already signed the service contracts for the hydroelectric projects, according to the DOE.
The country’s Renewable Energy Law ushered the entry of hydroelectric power projects as part of DOE’s efforts to diversify the country’s energy mix.
Under the proposed DOE fuel mix policy, the country is expected to source 35 percent of its energy from coal, 30 percent from natural gas, and the rest from renewable energy sources including hydro and geothermal.