The Sangguniang Bayan of Narra on Monday renewed its endorsement of the Langogan Power Corporation’s (LPC) mini hydro power generation project that plans to produce nine megawatts of electricity from the Batang-Batang river.
Steve Dorland, LPC Chairman, told town officials that Batang-Batang river is awaiting approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and formulation of Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the financial side to start the construction.
Dorland also committed to start the construction of the project this year after the approval of the papers needed.
“We are just waiting for that and from there we can start our project. I can commit to you, our golden project will start this year, absolutely 100 percent,” Dorland said.
In 2014, the LPC requested for five megawatts, eight megawatts in 2015, and nine megawatts in 2017.
LPC President, Atty. Poch Ambrosio, said that their recent tests in the river showed it has the capacity to produce nine megawatts.
“Habang may pagkakataon we are able to test the capacity of Batang-Batang, that is why we are asking for the endorsement for the third and final time,” Ambrosio said.
However, Narra Vice Mayor Crispin Lumba expressed dismay that despite endorsing the LPC’s project in 2014, it has not started as they expected.
“Sana may makita na kami na ginagawa ninyo kasi dagdag kayo ng dagdag [ng capacity]. Nakakadismaya lang kasi pangatlo na ‘to and yet wala kaming nakikita na ginagawa ng LPC. Matagal na itong inaantay ng mga tao dahil talagang malaki ang pangangailangan sa kuryente,” Lumba said.
Councilor Ryan Maminta also said that the LPC should provide results as like it committed before the passage of the endorsement.
“Kapag na-endorse na namin we will rely on the commitment of the LPC to produce the results of the ERC approval, ECC, financing and everything about the project,” Maminta said.
On September 2015, the LPC and the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) signed a Power Supply Agreement (PSA) marking it as the first major renewable energy technology in Palawan.
Under the agreement, the LPC will construct a mini-hydro power plant near the Langgogan River, Puerto Princesa with 6.8 megawatts capacity, Batang-bBatang river in Narra with a 8.5 megawatts and in Talakaigan River, Aborlan town with 3.5 megawatts capacity.
The proposed electricity price of the LPC is at P6.5893 per kilowatt hour which will provide the lowest cost of energy for the province.
The LPC plans to invest P3 billion to the project, which has a contract duration of 25 years and renewable for another 25 years.
The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between local government of Narra and LPC was tentatively set for next week.