Aboitiz family plans more battery energy storage projects

SN Aboitiz Power Corp., a joint venture between Aboitiz Power and Scatec of Norway, wants to expand its battery energy storage projects where its existing hydropower plants are located.

“We’re looking at putting batteries in our existing facilities,” said Jason Soberano, SNAP vice president and chief business development officer.

“We want to take advantage of our existing facilities and try to take advantage of cost savings by integrating the new facilities,” he said.

SNAP owns and operates the 105-MW Ambuklao and 140-MW Binga hydroelectric power plants in Benguet; the 388-MW Magat hydroelectric power plant on the border of Isabela and Ifugao; and the 8.5-MW Maris hydroelectric power plant in Isabela.

The company is constructing the 24 megawatt Magat battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Ramon, Isabela.

SNAP expects to complete the Magat BESS in the first quarter next year while commercial operations are targeted in the first quarter of 2024.

“But in parallel, we’re working on some requirements with NGCP, just making sure that we’ll be able to connect and that’s going to go smoothly,”he said.

He said SNAP is also taking into account supply chain risks due to the Ukraine-Russia war and China economic downturn.

He said the Magat facility would be used for ancillary or reserves.

Yuchengcos build new solar power plant in Bohol

PetroGreen Energy Corp., the renewable energy arm of Yuchengco-led PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (PERC), launched its planned 27 megawatts of direct current (MWDC) Dagohoy solar power project (DSPP) in a 22-hectare site in Bohol.