OFF-GRID energy company DMCI Power Corp. is set to build two bunker-fired power plants in Aborlan, Palawan with 4.95-megawatt (MW) capacity each in a bid to provide stable electricity supply in the franchise area of Palawan Electric Cooperative Inc. (Paleco).
“We are investing approximately P600 million in Aborlan to address the continuing increase in electricity demand in the province due to the rise of local tourism and commercial establishments,” DMCI Power president Nestor D. Dadivas said in a statement.
The plants are expected to start operations by the end of the year.
Aborlan is a first-class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City, with an estimated population of more than 32,000.
As of end-June, only 5,400 of the 7,263 households in the municipality had electricity connection.
Established in 2006, DMCI Power is engaged in providing sufficient and reliable electricity to areas that are not connected to the main transmission grid.
Other than Palawan, the company also provides power supply to Masbate; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; and Sultan Kudarat through supply contracts with electric cooperatives.
To date, it has a total contracted capacity of about 56 MW.
DMCI Power is the power unit of the Consunji group through its holding firm DMCI Holdings Inc.