Proinso secures EPM contract for 100 MW solar project in Philippines

Proinso, the U.K.-based solar energy firm, has confirmed this week that it has been chosen to provide engineering, procurement and management (EPM) services to the 100 MW Subic Bay solar farm in the Philippines.

The project will see Proinso work alongside Asiacrest Marketing Corporation in a partnership that has been extensively supported by U.K. Trade and Investment (UKTI), which has been proactive in recent months in helping secure contracts for British companies in the region.

The Subic Bay project will be one of the biggest for a U.K. business in the Philippines this year, confirmed UKTI international trade adviser David Taylor, while British Ambassador to the Philippines – Asif Ahmad – added that the project will "utilize the abundance of solar energy in the Philippines and help the country develop a cleaner energy mix."

The EPM deal will add some 30 additional staff to Proinso’s regional team as the company develops what will become the largest single solar PV installation in southeast Asia.

"The Subic Bay engagement is a complex project demanding a high level of capability support across many disciplines provided via our EPM program," said Proinso regional head Stuart Macfarlane. "Our EPM model is based on a collaborative approach working with local partners.

"This way, Proinso is able to deliver world-class renewable assets and also invest in the development of a strong local industry."

Proinso first launched its EPM program in Southeast Asia in February this year, building upon a 5 MW supply of solar PV products for a project in Manila.

Solar development in the Philippines has been stuttering, but the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA) has recently called on the government to offer greater backing for the sector, citing its proven ability to plug the gaps in the country’s power supply. The PSPA would like the current FIT plan to be extended from 500 MW of new solar capacity eligible nationwide to 2 GW.