Philippines to export geothermal generation technology

14 November 2003 – Energy Secretary Vince Perez said Thursday that
Philippines will not only be regarded as the second largest geothermal power producer in the world but will soon become the largest exporter of geothermal generation technology.

Perez said he had been travelling the various areas in Europe along with PGI President Bryan Andrews promoting the use of geothermal power and other cheap, natural re-usable forms of energy giving emphasis on the technology employed by the Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant (TGPP) in this town.

The National Power Corporation (Napocor) operates the power plant while PGI, a wholly subsidiary of the United States-run Union Oil of California (Unocal), operates the steam field of TGPP since 1971.

Perez said Indonesia, where Unocal had existing geothermal exploration prospects will be among the first importer of the Philippine technology in steam exploration and operations in Asia. The next targets would be Papua New Guinea and Iran.

This town has been considered the birthplace of geothermal power in the country and for the past 32 years of PGI operation of the plant, the technology had been almost perfected that it can be exported to other steam-rich countries, he said.

The Philippines intends to export its geothermal technology to a number of African countries rich in geothermal.