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EDC begins wind project

By Lailany P. Gomez | Posted on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:01am |
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Energy Development Corp. said Wednesday it broke ground for the 87-megawatt wind project in Burgos, Ilocos Norte following the signing of a contract with wind turbine supplier Vestas of Denmark in March.
EDC said the project was its first foray into the wind energy business, after being a geothermal leader over the past 36 years.
EDC and Vestas signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the project, which will be built in an area covering 600 hectares across three barangays: Saoit, Poblacion and Nagsurot.
The wind farm will have large-scale Vestas V90-3.0-MW wind turbines and ancillary plant to be supplied and constructed by Vestas, which is the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world.
EDC said the Burgos wind project, which was expected to be operational next year, would ensure power stability in the Luzon grid, generate jobs and livelihood opportunities in the region, boost tourism in the province and improve economic activity.
“The project will spur development in Ilocos Norte by attracting more investments and eventually create more and better opportunities for the residents. In all the areas where EDC operates, we take pride in being able to help improve the living conditions of our host communities in parallel with the progress of their barangay, municipality, city, and province,” EDC president and chief executive Richard Tantoco said.
The company said once operational, the wind project would generate about 233 gigawatt-hours annually and power over a million households.

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