An Energies PH’s affiliate, San Bernardino Ocean Power Corporation (SBOPC) has contracted the first ever tidal energy generation plant in Southeast Asia, the UK’s Inyanga Marine Energy Group.
The project is going to be carried out at the island of Capul which is a remote part of Northern Samar in the Philippines, close to the San Bernardino Strait known for the intensity of the tides.
It was Inyanga Marine Energy Group that won the contract EPC. In January 2023, the SBOPC published the call for tender for the EPC contract.
It will be deployed on a Soren Ries, a 1 MW project due to be commissioned in late 2025, using Inyanga’s HydroWing tidal stream technology which will be connected to the electrical network of the off-grid island Capul, currently relying on a 750 kW diesel power plant.
Stage one of First Tidal energy plant in Southeast Asia one will include a 1 MW tidal power plant integrated with a solar PV network coupled with energy storage and microgrid.
‘The project will herald a revolution in the community Capul which will be the first of its kind to bring tidal technology to Southeast Asia’ added Jean-Christophe Allo, Commercial Manager at Inyanga.
Since the reviewed project includes an onshore storage facility, tidal turbines 24/7 power supply will be provided. Currently, Capul island has 8 to 16 hours of energy per day that is sometimes interrupted by blackouts. We will introduce 24/7 reliable and renewable electricity.
CBDA is among the several other establishments to be created by SBOPC, and is an addition to other tidal power generation sites planned for subsequent deployment by SBOPC in San Antonio Island, also in Northern Samar; Calintaan Island in Matnog, Sorsogon; and other areas yet to be identified.
The company has been doing surveys measuring of the ocean power resource in that area and feasibility of feeding electricity to Capul Island since 2014. In 2020, the project received such validation from the Department of Energy of the Philippines, which issued the Certificate of Commerciality, an essential stage for all Philippine renewable energy projects.
We launch on this revolutionary tidal power plant for the Philippines, our roadmap to spread it throughout the various off-grid sites across the whole country to bring electricity to the hinterlands, according to Antonio Ver, Energies PH’s Co-Chairman and CEO.
We consider the first project in Capul a stepping stone towards helping achieve the objective of assisting in the formation of sustainable communities of the entire Philippines. The electrical power which makes it to the homes in such secluded regions has indeed opened more access to better education, health, and potential livelihoods.
The statement by Jean-Christophe Allo, commercial manager at Inyanga, shows that the region would have consistent 24/ 7 supply of electricity as the project is equipped with an onshore storage facility, according to Aweje243. At the moment, Capul has 8 to 16 hours of energy every day, several blackouts make it.