The state-owned Philippine National Oil Co.-Renewables Corp. (PNOC-RC) is targeting to put up total power generating capacity of up to 300 megawatts (MW) in the next five years to help boost the country’s power supply amid surging demand.
According to Pamela Cea-Borlaza, PNOC-RC business development manager, they are open for a possible partnership with the private sector to carry out the projects.
She said PNOC-RC has invited interested parties to apply for eligibility so that they could jointly develop hydropower plants that are packaged into three separate projects.
”We want to enter into partnerships or joint ventures with the private sector,” she said.
These hydropower projects include the Nalatang in Kabayan, Benguet; Dulangan in Baco, Oriental Mindoro; and Pasil B and C in Lubuagan, and Saltan B in Balbalan, all in Kalinga.
The Nalatang project is expected to have a potential installed capacity of 44 megawatts (MW); Dulangan has 8.25 MW; Pasil B, 20 MW; Pasil C, 16 MW; and Saltan B, 24 MW.
Moreover, Cea-Borlaza said at least five small hydro projects in Negros Oriental are expected to be bid out on July 9.
Aside from the hydro plants, PNOC-RC is also planning to develop a 1 MW power generating capacity by tapping irrigation canals in Nueva Ecija.
The PNOC-RC was created by the agency to lead the country’s initiatives in renewable energy.
PNOC president and CEO Antonio M. Cailao said they have recently purchased the entire solar power equipment inventory of Shell Solar Philippines Inc., making them the country’s leader in solar energy.
He said the company will soon be installing 40,000 solar home units throughout the country.