An agreement has been reached by Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to begin construction of the Burgos Wind Project in Hurgos, Ilocos Norte int the Philippines. The project will result in a wind farm with a maximum operating capacity of 87MW consisting of 29 Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines.
The initial target is to complete the construction of the wind farm and have it commissioned in 2014. It is expected that the total cost of the project will be approximately $300 million and that will cover the costs of the wind farm, substation and transmission line.
When the project becomes operational it is expected that it will generate around 233 GWh annually. The electricity that is generated will be used to augment the Luzon grid’s dependable capacity which will require an extra 4,200 MW in the next ten years as a way of covering the expected increase in electricity demand.
The Burgos Wind Project (BWP) covers approximately 600 hectares across three barangays: Saoit, Poblacion, and Nagsurot. Aside from the wind farm which will have large scale Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines and ancillary plant, BWP also includes a 115 kV transmission line connecting the wind farm from the Burgos substation to the Laoag substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), as well as the expansion of the switchyard/substations.
EDC chairman and chief executive officer Federico Lopez said “We have long prepared for this project and we are determined to achieve commerciality at the soonest possible time so we can supply the Luzon grid with clean, sustainable wind energy”.
Lopez further added “The project is aligned with the long-term strategic direction of First Gen Corporation (parent company of EDC) to be the country’s leading diversified renewable energy company. It will displace an equivalent of about 129,000 tons of carbon emissions annually and will definitely help mitigate climate change. The project is also congruent with our vision at First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH, parent company of First Gen) of “uplifting lives by creating value in key industries and infrastructure that advance national development.
Approval of the project by the Department of Energy fall under the renewable energy act that was passed in 2008 and involves a new incentive scheme in which wind companies are allotted a fixed kilowatt hour rate of $0.21. This particular approval announcement also included the proposed development of two other wind projects that will result in a 67.5MW wind farm to be developed by Alternergy Wind One Corp and a 54MW wind farm to be developed by Trans-Asia Oil and Energy.