Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation (EDC) signed a $315 million financing agreement with a group of foreign and local banks for the construction of the 150-MW Burgos Wind Project (BWP) in Ilocos Norte. The facility which consists of US dollar and Philippine peso tranches will mature in 15 years.
Eksport Kredit Fonden, Denmark’s export credit agency, guaranteed a part of the dollar loan component. The Mandated Lead Arrangers for the foreign tranche are Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), DZ Bank AG, ING Bank NV, Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) and Norddeutsche Landesbank Gironzentrale. The local tranche, meanwhile was arranged by PNB Capital and Investment Corporation and SB Capital Investment Corporation among a syndicate of local lenders namely BDO Unibank, Inc., Land Bank of the Philippines, Philippine National Bank, and Security Bank Corporation.
“This fresh loan is a sign of confidence from funding institutions on EDC’s ability to execute a strategic business plan for our wind project amidst intense competition in the renewable energy industry. With construction in full swing, we are confident that we will meet our target commissioning date and avail of the Feed-in-Tariff,” EDC President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Tantoco said.
The BWP aims to be the first wind project to avail of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) which the Department of Energy will grant to 200 MW of wind projects on a first to commission, first served basis. Its entire electrical output is intended to be sold under the FIT system pursuant to the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.
Once operational, the BWP will be the largest wind farm in the Philippines comprising a total of 50 large scale Vestas V90-3.0MW wind turbines and ancillary plant to be supplied and constructed by Vestas, the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer. Aside from the wind farm, the project also includes a 115 kV transmission line connecting the wind farm from the Burgos substation to the Laoag substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), as well as the expansion of the switchyard/substations.
“This project underlines EDC’s strategy to be the country’s leading diversified renewable power company. As we provide 370 GWh of electricity to power approximately 2 million households, we also will displace about 200,000 tons of carbon emissions annually,” Tantoco added.
The BWP is one of the largest investments to date in Ilocos Norte. It occupies a 600 hectare site covering three barangays, namely, Saoit, Poblacion and Nagsurot, in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It is also EDC’s first wind power project after establishing itself as the country’s leading geothermal producer.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.