French tidal energy developer Sabella has partnered up with H&WB Asia Pacific to develop tidal power plant in the Philippines.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on October 15, 2015, for the development of a tidal power plant in San Bernardino Strait, off Sorsogon province.
Tidal Energy Today spoke to Jean-Christophe Allo, Project Manager at Sabella, who said the companies have been negotiating for over a year.
According to Allo, H&WB, a Philippines-based energy projects developer, decided to choose Sabella as the company features the most suitable technology for the development of this tidal energy project.
Under the MoU, the first stage of the project development will comprise an installation of a 5 MW tidal energy farm in one H&WB’s three lease areas – the Matnog lease area.
H&WB will be in charge of the resource assessment, site permitting and characterization, while Sabella will provide the technology and the technical expertise for the project.
The tidal turbines planned to be used are Sabella’s D15 tidal turbines. The turbines are 15 m in diameter and have the maximum power output of 2 MW.
The companies aim to close the detailed engineering stage by the end of 2016.