ILOCOS Norte will have its third windmill project in the northernmost town of Pagudpud in addition to Bangui Northwind power plant and the $300-million worth 87-megawatt Burgos Wind Project in adjoining Burgos town.
As one of Ilocos Norte’s major tourism destinations, Pagudpud town is known for its fine white sand beaches and its long and winding coastal highway linking the regions of Ilocos and Cagayan Valley.
The Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the country’s largest geothermal producer, has considered to establish this wind-generated energy project in the said town. For this proposed third Ilocos Norte wind energy facility, EDC engineers said they have been conducting feasibility studies as well as site inspections.
Formerly under the government-owned Philippine National Oil Co., the Lopez group-owned EDC has also established the Bangui and Burgos windmill projects.
In April, the country’s second windmill project broke ground in Burgos town. Energy and EDC officials described this project to be bigger than in Bangui, the first Danish firm-assisted wind farm project inaugurated in 2005.
Expected to be operational in 2015, the Burgos windmill covers around 600 hectares of land across the villages of Saoit, Poblacion and Nagsurot. This is designed to generate at least 230 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply a million households.