Cagas gives the green light to a hydropower project

DAVAO Del Sur Gov. Douglas Ra Cagas signed the memorandum of agreement recently with President and COO Rene Ronquillo of Hedcor for the 14.7-megawatt Tudaya run-of-river hydro power systems to be located at the upstream of Sibulan Hydropower Plant and downstream of Sibulan Hydropower Plant B.

“I affixed my signature here (in the MOA) because I am aware of my responsibilities and at the same time, Hedcor already spoken to me what their responsibilities are to us,” Cagas said. “The two hydro plants will help the power shortage of Davao”, added Cagas.

Witnessed by Sta. Cruz (Davao del Sur) Mayor Joel Rey Lopez, the project is an expansion of the existing 42.5-megawatt Sibulan Hydropower Plant. In July 2011, the local government unit of Sta. Cruz endorsed the project.

“After working on all the necessary documents, we hope to start constructing next month,” Ronquillo said. “It will generate 76 GWh of renewable energy per year for Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) and Davao Light and Power Company starting in the first quarter of 2014.”

DASURECO is the power distributor to more than 100,000 households in the province of Davao del Sur.

By ensuring to provide a clean and renewable energy to Mindanaons, Hedcor entails to help meet the increasing power demands of Mindanao through its run-of-river hydropower systems.

Hedcor is also looking at expanding in Bukidnon and add existing capacity in Davao. Hedcor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower Corporation, is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the country with 19 plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao.

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