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By: Tom Russell 27/02/2023 Department of Energy Philippines
The United Kingdom (UK) Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) of the British Embassy Manila hosted a Philippine delegation led by the Department of Energy Philippines (DOE Philippines) for an offshore wind (OSW) focused strategic learning visit in the UK from 13 to 17 February 2023.

The visit allowed the delegation to meet relevant UK regulators and industry stakeholders for knowledge sharing of best practices, regulatory framework, and industry development, and opened-up potential opportunities for UK-Philippines collaboration in offshore wind. Technical discussions on stages in an offshore wind project lifecycle were covered, including Consenting, Contract for Difference (CfD), Marine Spatial Planning & Leasing, Permitting & Licensing, Grid Development, Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO), Financing & Bankability and Industry & Supply Chain Development.


The UK companies also gathered for a roundtable discussion on the lessons learned and experience in support of the Philippine Government's goal to develop a competitive OSW industry from concept to implementation.


Through the DBT, the Philippine delegation visited the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) in Blyth, Newcastle and AIS Survivex, and ORE Catapult’s O&M Center of Excellence in Port of Grimsby. The ORE Catapult FOW CoE was established in an effort to drive innovation and accelerate the build-out of floating offshore wind farms, create opportunities for the UK supply chain, and spur growth in manufacturing, installation and O&M. AIS Survivex, is one of the UK's largest renewable energy training centre and was established to expand the capabilities in the sector.


The Philippine delegation consisted of DOE Philippines, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Bureau of Customs PH (BOC), Board of Investments (BOI), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).


"The various agencies agreed on action items to enable the country to reach its full potential in offshore wind energy," said DOE Philippines.

Under the National Renewable Energy Program 2020-2040, the Philippines set a target of 35% share of renewable energy (RE) in the generation mix by 2030 and 50% by 2040. The DOE Philippines stated it has so far awarded 55 offshore wind service contracts with an aggregate capacity of 40.68 GW, or almost twice the dependable generation capacity in the country and is currently in the process of amending the policies and guidelines for the OSW development.


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