Korean firm considering solar-wind power project
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KOREAN VISITORS. Bae Jeong-yun and Kim Yong of GS Engineering & Construction discuss with Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes and Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla the possibility of setting up a 2-megawatt solar power plant in the capital town to be funded by the Korean government through a grant. The mayor later showed the visitors the sprawling lot owned by the LGU in San Isidro Village where the proposed renewable energy project could be located.

Five officials from a South Korean conglomerate visited the province last week, their second this year after an exploratory one last January, to gather data needed for a feasibility study on the establishment of a solar and wind renewable energy project.

Upon their arrival on June 20, 2018, the delegation from GS Engineering & Construction, a subsidiary of GS Group which is Korea’s 6th largest company, paid courtesy calls on Governor Joseph Cua and Vice Governor Shirley Abundo, with their itinerary facilitated by the office of PBM Natalio Popa Jr.

Two of the visitors – T&D Project Execution Team manager Bae Jeong-yun and Building Science Research team senior manager Kim Yong – engaged in technical discussions with FICELCO General Manager Raul Zafe as well as Technical Services Department manager Francis Gianan.

The duo also went to the municipal government of Virac where they explained the purpose of their visit to Mayor Samuel Laynes and Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla. The chief executive later accompanied them to the nine-hectare municipal property at San Isidro Village which the LGU bought from the National Housing Authority (NHA) for use as a resettlement area.

Laynes told the Tribune that he offered part of the property to the Korean company as site of their proposed initial 2-megawatt solar power plant to be funded by a grant from their government. Each megawatt of solar power plant requires an equivalent one hectare of relatively flat land.

The two visitors reportedly expressed satisfaction with the site, with its gentle slope facing the east ideal for maximum utilization of the sun’s rays for conversion into electricity.

The GS Group also includes as a subsidiary GS E&R established in March 2014 as an integrated energy enterprise utilizing Combined Heat and Power, coal-fired thermal power, and renewable energy like solar and wind energy. It operates a 2-MW wind power plant in the theme-park site of Jeju Island and is currently building the world’s largest power generation Energy Storage System (ESS) and a 59-MW wind power system.

It is the second renewable energy proposal received by FICELCO in recent years, following the 2-MW solar power plant submitted for funding by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Unconfirmed reports say, however, that the JICA project has yet to secure approval from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for lack of a feasible site.


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