Friday, March 24, 2017

Philippines: Biliran Geothermal Project Close to Completion

Town mayor welcomes geothermal power plant (News Manila Bulletin)

Cabucgayan, Biliran – The mayor of this town foresees that the electricity rate will go down and the economic conditions of this municipality will improve after the geothermal power plant in this province will be operational later this year.

Mayor Edwin Masbang, in an interview with reporters, welcomed the establishment of the geothermal power plant in the province, citing the benefits of his town being one of the host municipalities of the power plant.

Masbang pointed out that his town will be entitled to royalty from the geothermal power plant and the income will be used for the development of the municipality.

The geothermal exploration and power plant is owned by Biliran Geothermal Incorporated (BGI), 60 percent of which is owned by Emerging Power Inc., a Filipino corporation, while the 40 percent is owned by Orka Energy, a company from Iceland.

Masbang said that BGI has already completed the drilling of eight wells with the capacity of some 100 megawatts. He said the six wells are programmed to generate power next month.