Renewable energy firm Langgogan Power Corporation (LPC) said recently it is set to start the construction of an access road to Batang-Batang River in Narra to pave way for the construction of a P1.5 billion Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) designed to produce 9 megawatts of electricity for the Palawan mainland grid.
Lawyer Poch Ambrosio, LPC President, said recently they are awaiting the approval of their Power Supply Agreement (PSA) by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to start the project.
He said, the construction of access road is set to start next month as preparatory measure for the construction of main power plant.
“We will start [the construction] next month then after the approval ng paper at planta na naman. Tumagal sa ERC kasi 2015 kami nag-apply, then 2016 naghearing kami tapos ngayon hinihintay namin ang decision. After ng lahat ng ‘yon okay na ang lahat,” Ambrosio told reporters.
LPC and the municipality of Narra on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formalize the project.
Ambrosio said, the proposed electricity price of LPC at P6.5893 per kilowatt hour is the lowest priced energy generation for the province.
LPC also plans to tap the Langgogan River in Puerto Princesa City and the Talakaigan River in Aborlan for additional power generation capacity. The HEPP project has a contract duration of 25 years and renewable for another 25 years.
Ambrosio said no residents and wildlife in the area of construction will be affected by the project.
“Walang nakatira malapit doon, lahat nasa mountainous area. Also, we don’t expect that wildlife will be affected, may mga puno man na magalaw we assure na papalitan’ yon,” Ambrosio said.