Isla Norte taps Finnish firm


    Isla Norte Energy Corp. (INEC), a subsidiary of Vivant Energy has partnered with Wärtsilä to provide the engineering and equipment for its 23 megawatts (MW) diesel-fired power plant in Bantayan island in Cebu.

    The power plant which is expected to be completed next year will supply electricity to the entire island which currently experiences frequent blackouts because of the lack of a reliable power supply.

    The island which has a population of about 80,000, is a major tourist destination with a growing trade and commerce.

    “The new power plant is an essential element for a secure economic future for Bantayan island. We are, at the same time, actively seeking to deliver electricity to small islands throughout the region, and a capable, reliable partner, such as Wärtsilä, is needed for this,” Emil Andre Garcia, Vivant Energy’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

    Wartsila also provided the engineering and equipment of the company’s Delta P diesel-fired power plant with a capacity of 47 MW in Puerto Princesa and the Calamian Islands Power Corp. which supplies power to the off-grid areas of Coron and Busuanga through the Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative.

    “The Wärtsilä solution features the latest technology with high efficiency engines and it will certainly add reliability to the local supply system and another addition to the growing installed base in the off-grid areas in the Philippines,” said Frederic Carron, vice president for Wärtsilä’s energy business in Middle East and Asia.

    INEC is a joint venture of Vivant Energy Corp. and Gigawatt Power Corp. which secured a 15-year power supply agreement by the Bantayan Electric Cooperative.

    Meanwhile, Vivant Corp. announced the appointment of Ramontito E. Garcia as its new chairman of the board and chief executive officer alongwith several changes to its board and management structure, including the addition of Edgar John A. Garcia as vice chairman and the promotion of Arlo A.G. Sarmiento as president.

    Emil Andre M. Garcia has also been appointed senior vice president for power.

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