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40MW Guimaras wind-farm expansion eyed

PHINMA Group's Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation is planning to expand its 54-megawatt San Lorenzo wind farm in Guimaras, Iloilo, a company official said.

TAREC Vice President Danilo Panes said the company is eyeing to purchase additional wind turbines to augment its current 27 turbines, each generating 2MW of power.

"If we will use 2MW, we will be adding 20 wind turbines, but if bigger capacity, 16 [wind turbines] only," Panes said.

The additional turbines are expected to generate a total of 40MW of power.

Panes said the turbines will be constructed in Sibunag town, which is 15 kilometers away from San Lorenzo. The expansion will cover three barangays in Sibunag namely Sebaste, Sabang and Bubog.
   
Panes said the turbines cost USD3 million each and will be sourced from Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa, which also supplied their existing 27 turbines.
   
He said the company is targeting to start the expansion this year, however they will have to wait for the new installation target for wind energy from the Department of Energy and environmental compliance certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
   
"But we are [already] preparing. So once it’s there, it's a go for us," he said.
   
Aside from Sibunag, TAREC is also looking at possible expansion of its wind farm in Nueva Valencia but Panes said Sibunag is more feasible in the immediate term.
   
He said the expansion will take a year to be completed.
   
The San Lorenzo wind farm started its commercial operation in December 2014. It spans 14 kilometers across four barangays such as Cabungahan, Cabano, Suclaran and M. Chavez.
   
It is the first wind energy project that has secured approval to connect to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines') main grid after passing all technical requirements stated in the Philippine Grid Code including delivering quality, stable and reliable power to the grid.
   
The wind farm supplies power to the Visayas grid through NGCP’s 2.8-kilometer submarine cable passing through Guimaras Strait to the NGCP feeder in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.
   
TAREC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PHINMA Energy Corporation, formerly Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation.
   
The Del Rosario-led firm earlier revealed plans to expand its power portfolio to 1,000MW in the next 10 years. The company targets to increase its attributable capacity to 500MW this year from 200MW last year