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Spanish firm tapped to run Mindoro geothermal plant

Emerging Power Inc. has signed an agreement with Tamoin Industrial Services Corp., a unit of Spain’s Tamoin group, to operate a 40-megawatt geothermal power plant in Naujan, Mindoro.

Emerging Power president Martin Antonio Zamora and Tisco chairman Antonio Barrenechea signed the agreement in Bilbao, Spain on Sept. 29.

Tisco will provide engineering, operations and management services for Emerging Power during the operations of Mindoro Geothermal Power Corp.

Tisco is a joint venture between Tamoin group, a Spanish company based in Bilbao, northern Spain with more than 60 years of experience in industrial engineering services, including oil and  gas, power generation, wind power and aeronautical services, and GAAD Inc., a Manila-based company specializing in complex power projects on gas, geothermal, oil, coal, renewable energies as well as transmission lines around Asia.

“With this project, we continue to broaden our presence in Southeast Asia. We at Tisco are pleased to work with a company [Emerging Power] that shares our vision for sustainable power generation,” Tisco president Marriz Agbon said in a statement.

Under the agreement, Tisco shall provide the local support and assessment as well as the evaluation of the resources to be assigned to the project.

It is considering companies TSK and Turboden to provide the technical know-how and support, training, spare parts and engineering competence in the operations and maintenance of the Mindoro geothermal plant.

TSK is an EPC contractor in conventional and renewable energy projects worldwide while Turboden is a company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries focused on the development of geothermal organic rankine cycle power plants worldwide.

Emerging Power’s 40-MW Mindoro geothermal power project has a renewable energy service contract with the Energy Department, eyed  for commissioning by the first quarter of 2017.

Once the plant starts running, it will supply energy to more than 250,000 houses in the whole Mindoro Island.

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