Wpd adds 75.6-MW wind project to Philippine pipeline

Wind farm in the Philippines. Author: Jojo Nicdao. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic

July 28 (Renewables Now) - German renewables developer Wpd AG announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its pipeline in the Philippines with the addition of a 75.6-MW onshore wind power project.

It said that Triconti ECC Renewables Corporation, a German-Swiss-Filipino joint venture based in the Philippines, is involved in the project planning and implementation as a cooperation partner.

Financial and other details about Wpd's investment were not disclosed.

The project is named Aklan, and is designed to feature 18 units of Vestas V136 4.2-MW wind turbines and a new substation that Wpd and Triconti will build for Philippine grid operator NGCP.

The Aklan site is located on the north-western tip of the Island of Panay, at an altitude ranging between 123 metres and 362 metres (403.5-1,188 ft) above sea level.

The wind farm’s commissioning date is scheduled for the end of 2023, Wpd said.

The project partners expect to support Aklan via a power purchase agreement (PPA). Wpd said that they are currently holding talks to market the wind farm’s output locally.

According to the German wind and solar developer, the Aklan project is part of a large-scale grid reinforcement and expansion for the islands of Cebu, Negros and Panay, called “CNP Backbone Extension”.

The news of the Aklan addition comes just days after Wpd announced it had entered the Vietnamese energy market with a transaction to participate in a 103.5-MW onshore wind project development.

“We are pleased to add Aklan to our pipeline as another important project as part of our Asia strategy,” Niclas Fritsch, CEO of wpd Philippines Inc said in a statement.

“We continue to position ourselves in the dynamic and exciting Philippine renewable energy market and are pleased to have Triconti ECC as a reliable and experienced partner in this endeavor,” the executive added.

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