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AboitizPower Davao de Oro BESS starts operations

AboitizPower Davao de Oro BESS
The battery energy storage system (BESS) located in Maco, Davao de Oro is AboitizPower’s first BESS project in the country and the first to be built on a floating platform in all of Southeast Asia.

Therma Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower), debuted last Tuesday, November 29, the commercial operations of its 49-megawatt Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Maco, Davao de Oro.

The facility, which the company sees as a model for future battery investments and hybrid renewable energy projects, is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia to be built on a floating platform.

“AboitizPower sees battery technology as a great opportunity to address concerns about the reliability, affordability, and sustainability of energy supply,” AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Manny Rubio said. “We respond to the needs of our customers and communities while supporting economic growth by ensuring the stability of the Grid.”

A BESS is a type of energy storage that uses a set of batteries to store electrical energy when there is a supply surplus in the Grid and released when customers need power the most. The BESS will complement TMI’s existing diesel engines by providing ancillary services to sustain the transmission capacity and energy that are essential in maintaining the power quality, reliability, and security of the Mindanao grid.

The Maco facility is among 12 projects with a total capacity of 248 MW for regulating and contingency reserves that AboitizPower is targeting to develop within this decade.

AboitizPower is one of the largest energy and ancillary services providers in the Philippines, and is thus well-positioned to support its continued growth moving forward.

“We are excited to finally begin commercial operations of our first BESS facility, which will help reinforce the Mindanao grid,” Rubio shared.

Another AboitizPower BESS project under SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) is the 24-MW Magat BESS project at the SNAP Magat hydroelectric power plant in Ramon, Isabela. The Magat BESS began construction in August 2022 and is expected to commercially operate in the first quarter of 2024.

In addition to its entry into the battery market, AboitizPower’s growth strategy in the next decade will also be significantly driven by renewable energy.

Currently, AboitizPower, together with its partners, is the largest owner and operator of renewable energy in the Philippines based on installed capacity. It has been leading in the renewable energy space since the 1970s, beginning with hydro then later on expanding to also add geothermal and solar to its Cleanergy portfolio.

In the next 10 years, AboitizPower will further grow its Cleanergy portfolio, both domestically and internationally, in an effort to help build the country’s renewable energy market and contribute to the global renewable energy goals.

About AboitizPower

AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.

The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, the company’s brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the country’s baseload and peak energy demands.

The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the country’s second and third largest private utilities.

AboitizPower, together with its partners, is the Philippines’ largest owner and operator of renewable energy based on installed capacity. In the next 10 years, the company will significantly expand its Cleanergy portfolio, in support of the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy in the country. AboitizPower will build an additional 3,700 MW of renewable energy, growing its existing Cleanergy capacity threefold by 2030.

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