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EDC signs geothermal power supply deal with garment exporter Hamlin

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EDC’s Bacon-Manito geothermal project in the Bicol region.

ENERGY Development Corp. (EDC) said it signed an agreement to supply power from its geothermal plant to Hamlin Industrial Corp.’s facility in Cavite.

In a statement Thursday, it said garment exporter Hamlin’s Carmona facility will be sourcing energy from EDC’s Bacon-Manito geothermal project in the Bicol region, adding to the clean and renewable energy company’s growing list of retail supply contracts.

The contract with Hamlin, the local unit of NST Group, was signed on April 23 in Cavite.

“We believe geothermal power is a great fit for our business. It is a great complement to the biomass boiler we have on-site, which powers our air conditioning systems, among others, using waste materials generated from production,” said Lawrence Delos Santos, Hamlin president and director of NST Apparel, in a statement.

NST also has production facilities in Portugal and China.

Marvin Kenneth Bailon, EDC head of business development, marketing, and trading, said: “We are happy to support businesses like Hamlin. Geothermal, for us, is the holy grail of renewable energy. It is clean, and it is baseload, hence it is reliable and can run 24/7 without depending on the seasons.”




In April, EDC signed up Mondelez Philippines, Inc., a unit of global snack group Mondelez International, Inc.

The company’s manufacturing plant in Sucat, Parañaque City is now powered by 100% geothermal energy as supplied by EDC’s Bacon-Manito geothermal plant.

Mondelez Philippines makes and distributes Eden cheese, Cheez Whiz, Tang powdered beverages, Oreo cookies, Toblerone, and Cadbury milk chocolate.

Also in April, EDC signed a similar deal with Neltex Development Co., Inc., a manufacturer of plastic pipe solutions.

Neltex also tapped geothermal energy from Bacon-Manito for its production facility in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

EDC is one of the world’s largest geothermal producers and the country’s leading renewable energy company with an installed capacity of 1,471.8 megawatts. It is a subsidiary of listed First Gen Corp., the country’s largest clean energy company, with a portfolio that includes natural gas, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydro. — Victor V. Saulon