NAVAL, Biliran, October 26 (PIA) – This is a welcome development for Biliran province as a top official of the geothermal energy development firm confirmed for the establishment of a geothermal power plant in April next year.
“If there are no things that would hamper or situations that might delay, hopefully a geothermal power plant will be constructed in April 2017,” Lesley G. Capus, the vibrant-looking head of the administrative services unit of the Biliran Geothermal Incorporated said in an interview.
He confided that a retesting of the current production well will be conducted by December this year to ascertain if its acidity is already normal for the continued production of geothermal power.
However, Capus admitted that they already addressed the problem on the acidity of the production well that affects the production of geothermal power from the production well.
He also mentioned the compliance of the requirements from regulatory agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) saying, fast tracked will lead to the energization of the first geothermal power plant in July, 2017 with a production capacity of five megawatts.
The geothermal power energy that will be produced is more than enough for the electricity needs in the province of Biliran and they are even thinking ahead of looking for potential buyers in the electricity market, he further said.
The recent development in the geothermal energy would most likely boost the economic climate and would further enhance the business atmosphere in the island province of Biliran, he said.
Capus also said, “while we are focusing our effort for the continued development of geothermal energy in Biliran province, we also take into consideration the clamor of stakeholders who are vigilant and focus a watchful eye in the preservation and conservation of the natural resources of the province.”
Capuz clarified that they included Bishop Filomeno G. Bactol of the Diocese of Naval as member of the multipartite monitoring team together with the Biliran Environmental Awareness Movement (BEAM) to allay fears that they are into mining operation which destroys the natural resources of the province. (ajc/FJ/rvictoria/PIA-Biliran)