Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) – July 13, 2020 – 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines – Vivant Energy Corp. uses smart Finnish technologies and full lifecycle solutions provider Wärtsilä to build a bunker-powered power plant on Bantayan Island in Cebu.
Vivant Energy’s subsidiary, Isla Norte Energy Corp. is calling on Wärtsilä to supply the engineering and equipment for its 23 megawatt (MW) power plant that will provide reliable and stable power to the entire Bantayan Island in north Cebu.
The plant, which is slated to be completed in 2021, will provide electricity to the entire island, which currently experiences frequent blackouts due to the lack of a reliable power supply.
Isla Norte Energy Corp. (INEC), a joint venture of Vivant Energy Corp. and Gigawatt Power Corp., was awarded a 15-year power supply contract by Bantayan Electric Cooperative (Banelco).
Bantayan, which has a population of around 80,000, is a major tourist destination with growing trade and commerce.
“The new power plant is an essential element for a secure economic future for Bantayan Island. At the same time, we are actively seeking to supply electricity to the small islands in the region, and a competent and reliable partner such as Wärtsilä is needed for this, ”said Vivant Energy’s COO, Emil Andre Garcia.
Wartsila provided the engineering and equipment for Delta P, which operates a 47 MW diesel power plant in Puerto Princesa, and Calamian Islands Power Corp. (CIPC), which supplies the off-grid areas of Coron and Busuanga via the Busuanga Island Electricity Cooperative.
“We have a long-term relationship with Gigawatt and Vivant, and are delighted to once again provide a powerhouse solution tailored to specific project requirements. The Wärtsilä solution features the latest technology with high efficiency motors, and it will certainly add reliability to the local supply system and another addition to the growing installed base in off-grid areas in the Philippines, ”said Frederic Carron , Wärtsilä energy business’ vice president for the Middle East and Asia.
Earlier this year, Vivant Corp. said it plans to spend around 1 billion pesos this year to expand its electricity business by increasing its attributable capacity to 500 MW in three years.
In addition to the 23 MW bunker power plant on Bantayan Island, Vivant Energy participated in the competitive selection process (CSP) of Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) to supply 20 MW, El Nido for 10 MW and Marinduque for 16 MW.
The Vivant power unit is also seeking to develop in the field of renewable energies, in particular by investing in solar and wind projects.
To date, Vivant Energy has an attributable capacity of 282 MW comprised of diesel and coal power projects.
Parent company Vivant is engaged in the power generation, power distribution and retail power supply business in the Philippines, particularly in Luzon and the Visayas.