The Philippines is looking to geothermal energy to address its energy deficit as reported by CNN in February 2013.
In line with this, Red Core opened up its first three geothermal projects to investors even as the company begins work on exploring other potential sites.
The Tiaong-Dolores Project
The Tiaong-Dolores geothermal project occupies 49,167 hectares in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, covering the municipalities of Tiaong, Dolores, San Pablo, and even Candelaria.
The project area is just southeast of the 385-MW Makiling Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant (MakBan), commissioned in 1979, and the Maibarara Geothermal Power Plant (20+MW). It is also within the franchise area of the nation’s largest electricity distribution utility, Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Located some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Manila, the project site is around a 2-hour drive from the capital.
The project area is also within the Macolod Corridor, a highly volcanic zone where MakBan and Maibarara are also located. It is also near the Mount Banahaw Volcanic Complex, which is composed of Mount Banahaw, Mount San Cristobal, and Mount Banahaw de Lucban, and is within the Luzon Volcanic Arc (LVA).
The Macolod Corridor, an active Quaternary volcanic area aligned perpendicular to the Manila Trench, has strongly influenced the presence of this project’s resource as well as those of the operating MakBan and Maibarara geothermal fields.
The Tayabas-Lucban Project
The Tayabas-Lucban geothermal project occupies 75,006 hectares in the province of Quezon, straddling the municipalities of Liliw, Luisiana, Majayjay and Nagcarlan in Laguna as well as Lucban, Lucena, Mauban, Pagbilao, Sampaloc, Sariaya and Tayabas in Quezon.
The project area is east of the Tiaong-Dolores geothermal project, across the Mount Banahaw Volcanic complex. Like Tiaong-Dolores, the Tayabas-Lucban project is within Meralco’s franchise area.
On average, it takes about three and a half hours drive from the capital to reach Lucban, which is located approximately 160 kilometers from Metro Manila via Lucena City or 133 kilometers from Metro Manila via Santa Cruz, Pagsanjan.
A number of hot springs such as Bakia, Pablo-Tiaong, and Cagsiay are located within the Tayabas-Lucban area, a good indicator of geothermal potential. The up-flow zone probably draws its heat from the dormant Mount Banahaw de Lucban.
The San Juan Project
The San Juan Project is located along the San Juan fault zone in the province of Batangas, which is around 108 kiometers south of Manila. The San Juan project occupies 26,730 hectares, sprawled over the municipalities of Lobo, Rosario, San Juan and Taysan in Batangas as well as Candelaria and Tiapog in Quezon.
San Juan is accessible via Lipa City, Ibaan and Candelaria by road. Batangas also has the second largest international seaport in the Philippines after Metro Manila.