We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with the Philippines over the coming years.
developments in the world where New Zealand companies have not played some part, either through providing services, technology, or training of country partners.
With similar natural environments, New Zealand’s connections with the Philippines’ geothermal energy sector date back to its initial development in the 1970s. Through technical assistance and a NZ$15-million development grant to the Philippines’ government, New Zealand helped to establish two geothermal fields in Tongonan and Palinpinon which are still productive and operational today.
The geothermal industry in the Philippines has since rapidly advanced, evolving to eight sites which each employ New Zealand technology and innovation and produce more than 12% of the country’s electricity generation.
A further example of how New Zealand’s expertise can be used to further develop the Philippines’ geothermal footprint, is by sharing best practice learnings on engaging with indigenous communities in regions such as Mindanao and Northern Luzon. Working with their own Māori communities, New Zealand has been successful in fostering strong relationships