(NewsFeature) FPH kicks off 'Good Tours' for power plant visits

February 22, 2016 11:01 am 

By Juzel L. Danganan

MANILA, Feb. 21 (PNA) — Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH) launched its newest program "Good Tours", to allow group visits to its power plant sites.

The company noted the sites of their power plants could also offer various tourist activities such as hiking, cycling or kayaking.

For its launching, FPH presented the country's biggest wind farm — located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte — to members of the press.

Operated by its affiliate Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the site of the 150-megawatt (MW) wind farm is located in 700 hectares of rolling hills ideal for hiking.

One of the hills, which also hosts a turbine, offers the best view with most of the wind turbines seen against a sunset.

The wind farms are also an attraction as it stands high like buildings 120 meters into the sky, composed of 50 turbines with a capacity of 3 MWs each.

Aside from the view, the site is also visited for educational purposes to familiarize tourists to the technology.

Burgos Wind Farm site manager Cesar Aguilar said the "requested tours often involved students, while some officials from local government units (LGUs) in Visayas and Mindanao visited already."

He also bared the World Bank was impressed with the site, as it successfully integrated solar and wind projects in one area, adding the combination could serve as a model for other projects to utilize the land created from the 450-meter distance of the turbines.

Aguilar added First Gen Corp., which is also an affiliate of FPH, is testing the potential of the site for ocean energy.

FPH further said their power plant sites also serve as a home to wildlife species, which could also serve as a potential tourist attraction.

Other power facilities that will also be featured in the Good Tours, include natural gas, geothermal and hydroelectric power sites in the country.

Good Tours is part of FPH's campaign "Powered by Good", which also offer visits to its industrial parks, mixed-use developments and energy services to "build awareness and create appreciation for businesses that build the nation." (PNA)

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