DOE explores Cagayan geothermal power source

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Geothermal engineers are assessing the possibility of sourcing geothermal energy from the Camiguin de Babuyanes Island in Calayan town in Cagayan province, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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Ariel Fronda, chief of the DOE Geothermal Energy Management Division, said a geothermal energy source could give enough energy to the four islands of Calayan town in Cagayan – Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri and Babuyan Island.

“Some of our geothermal engineers and experts are now in the island to assess the geothermal energy capacity, a viable solution to the shortage of power supply in the area,” he said.

Only two islands of the town – Calayan proper and Camiguin de Babuyanes – have diesel-powered electricity which operates 10-12 hours daily while the other two islands do not have access to electricity.

Fronda said the Calayan Group of Islands is one among the three priority areas of the DOE for its Comprehensive Resource Assessment of the Philippine Low-Enthalpy Geothermal Areas project nationwide.

The DOE’s two other priority areas include El Nido in Palawan and Camiguin Island in Mindanao.

“Based on our team’s initial assessment, the area has a high potential to become geothermal facilities,” Fronda said.

He said the DOE will promote these geothermal areas to investors for geothermal energy exploration, development and utilization once the resources in the island are found suitable for power generation.

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