Philippines award two new geothermal areas for private development

Leyte geothermal plant, Philippines (source: video snapshot, CNN Money)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 5 Jan 2017

In a recent tender, the Department of Energy of the Philippines awarded two of four geothermal areas up for tender for development to two private developers.

The Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded 10 new areas of development for hydropower and geothermal projects via its open and competitive selection process (OCSP) scheme of contracting. Of the areas awarded, two are for geothermal development.

The winning bids for geothermal were for Area 2 Southern Leyte with a bid by Repower Energy Development Corporation; and Area 3 for Amacan venture to Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Under the bidding scheme, DOE failed to receive bids for two geothermal areas, at Acupan-Itogon and Balut Island projects.

The RE service contracts tendered under OCSP are those considered primarily as ‘non-frontier’ or the areas with RE sources having sufficient available technical data and feasible for immediate development and utilization.

When such project selection process was introduced by the DOE, it noted that it had given proclivity to service areas endorsed by local government units (LGUs) as well as those set as priority by distribution utilities (DUs) taking into consideration their critical role as off-takers of generated capacities.

Source: Manila Bulletin