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Geothermal firm eyes resort

Constellation Energy Corp. will develop lakeshore areas near its 20-megawatt geothermal power project in Oriental Mindoro into a hot spring and wellness center to showcase the healthy mix of green energy and green tourism. “Green energy is the way to go. Power, tourism and health rejuvenation can mix. This is possible with renewable power energy,” said CEC chairman Jose Leviste Jr., who is venturing from mining to renewable energy. New energy player CEC, along with partners Emerging Power Resource Holdings Inc. and IF Technology of The Netherlands, started work on the Mindoro geothermal project, which has a potential of generating up to 70 MW. The project in Naujan Lake in Montelago, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014. Leviste said apart from providing power needed by a booming island, the hot spring and wellness center would become an entirely new attraction for Mindoro, now known for its world-class beaches and resorts to include Puerto Galera. “The hot spring resort will boost Oriental Mindoro’s economy and tourism,” Leviste said. He said while a law was passed declaring the Montelago hot springs a tourist resort, the place had not developed much over the years for lack of investors willing to pump in money into the remote barangay. Emerging Power project chief executive Antonie de Wilde said the development of the Montelago hot spring and wellness resort would put Naujan in vacationers’ list of top destinations in the country. He said the project would be similar to the well-known Blue Lagoon Spa in Reykjavik, Iceland where geothermal seawater, with its minerals, silica and algae, is tapped to provide a rejuvenating spa.
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