Energy Development Corporation seeks to connect Mindanao 3 geothermal project to grid


Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is seeking the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) approval to develop, own, and operate dedicated point-to-point limited facilities to connect the Mindanao 3 (M3)  geothermal power project to the Mindanao Grid.


In a filing with the ERC, EDC said that the completion of the 3.6-megawatt (MW) M3 Binary project would be critical to ensure additional capacity for the grid given the immediate need for additional capacity by 2022, as projected by the Department of Energy (DOE). The ERC set the hearings for EDC’s application next month.


EDC is looking to link the M3 Binary project to the grid by building a one-kilometer 69-kilovolt transmission line. The firm will also develop a switchyard and other related facilities that will connect the plant directly to the Kidapawan Substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.


The company will be spending about Php245 million for constructing and developing the connection asset, which it hopes to complete by the fourth quarter. It also plans to have the asset in place and ready for the commissioning of the M3 Binary geothermal power project in the first quarter of 2022.


Based on the DOE’s Power Development Plan, Mindanao will need a total of 10,200MW of additional capacity by 2040.


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.