MANILA, Philippines – Off-grid energy company DMCI Power Corporation is building a bunker-fired power plant to address the increasing electricity demand in Aborlan, Palawan.
The 2×4.95 megawatts (MW) plant is being built to stabilize electricity supply in the franchise area of Palawan Electric Cooperative, Incorporated (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 Dadivas told the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, August 16.
DMCI said the power plant is expected to start operations by the end of the year.
Aborlan is a first class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City. Its population is estimated at over 32,000.
As of June 2016, only 5,400 of the 7,263 households in the municipality have electricity connections.
Established in 2006, DMCI Power has been providing electricity to areas that are not connected to the main transmission grid.
Aside from Palawan, the company also provides power to Masbate, Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, and Sultan Kudarat through supply contracts with electric cooperatives.
The National Power Corporation awarded DMCI the right to supply power to Masbate for 15 years through a Power Supply Agreement with Masbate Electric Cooperative.
To date, DMCI Power has a total contracted capacity of about 56 MW. – Rappler.com