Investing in Energy’s Future
In April 2018, the Philippines took a major step towards developing a sustainable and efficient energy sector when Global Business Power (GBP) inaugurated its GBP Institute for Energy (GIE). The two-storey, 1,863m2 training facility in Iloilo City will enable the leading company to enhance energy efficiency by providing a learning and development hub for its employees across 11 power generation plants in Panay, Mindoro and Cebu.
The GIE highlights GBP’S commitment to learning and to supporting the government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program. It will “help move the country forward through the creation of a robust pool of highly skilled, highly dedicated professionals,” says GBP President Jaime T. Azurin; “It’s a big investment, but we have to train people how to run modern plants in the most efficient way possible.” The institute houses a state-of-the-art coal-fired power-plant simulator with circulating fluidized bed technology — a cutting-edge clean-coal combustion method that GBP already uses. It also features training rooms, laboratories, an audio-visual room and an e-learning classroom. Demonstrating the company’s focus on efficiency and sustainability, the GIE generates part of its own energy requirements from solar power, which GBP aims to build, along with hydropower and biomass, to complement its existing plants. “For the next five years, our intention is to grow by 60%, organically or through acquisitions,” says Azurin; “With GIE, we can build knowledge and capacity that will secure the future of our company, our employees and the energy sector.”