Nickel Asia subsidiary inks JV with Shell for renewable enery projects

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Emerging Power Inc. (EPI), the renewable energy subsidiary of natural resources development company Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), signed an agreement with Shell Overseas Investments B.V. (Shell) to jointly develop, own, operate, and maintain onshore renewable energy projects in the Philippines.

The EPI-Shell venture is targeting 1 gigawatt (GW) by 2028 with ambitions to contribute up to 3 GW into the country’s renewable capacity by initially rolling out a series of projects in Luzon and Visayas.

The focus will be on utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) while evaluating opportunities in onshore wind and energy storage systems. Based on industry data, a gigawatt of solar PV can supply the annual daytime consumption of over 1.2 million homes in the country. A Filipino household typically consumes 200 kilowatt-hours a month.

“The joint venture has the full support of EPI’s parent company, NAC. This partnership would allow both companies to boost the supply of renewable energy in the Philippines and is in line with NAC’s vision to become the premier ESG investment in the country,” NAC President and CEO Martin Antonio G. Zamora said.

“Working with partners and developing new collaborations is key to accelerate the energy transition. This Shell-EPI partnership will leverage on Shell’s technical expertise and integrated solutions as a global energy company and EPI’s strong presence in the Philippines. Together, we can power progress for the Philippines through sustainable energy for industries and homes,” said Lorelie Q. Osial, Country Chair of the Shell Companies in the Philippines.

This joint venture is an opportunity to provide integrated value to customers through exploring synergies with retail electricity supplier Shell Energy Philippines, Inc.

Shell’s global reach, combined with 100+ years of global energy market experience and deeply embedded capabilities position it well to offer integrated decarbonisation solutions for its customers in progressing through the energy transition.

Bringing this expertise in the Philippines through this partnership with EPI reinforces Shell’s view of the country as an important market, given its over 108 years heritage.

EPI, on the other hand, has been growing its investments across various forms of cleaner energy including solar, wind, and geothermal and entered the year with more bullish prospects as governments all over the world are turning to renewable forms of energy in response to the global energy challenges.

EPI currently operates a 100-MW solar farm in Mt. Sta. Rita in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales with a 230-kilovolt-transmission line under subsidiary Jobin SQM Inc. It also recently secured a second 100-MW solar service contract with the DOE for the Mt. Sta. Rita site, the development of which is slated to begin this year.