In response to the country’s rapidly changing energy needs, Hedcor recently inaugurated through a virtual ceremony the group’s first-ever Regional Control Center. This control center is able to connect Hedcor’s five hydro facilities in Davao City and four hydro facilities in Davao del Sur, allowing all nine plants in Southern Mindanao to be operated remotely in a single control room.
During the virtual inauguration, Vice President for Operations, Rolando Pacquiao narrates the project’s beginnings and how it slowly came into completion through the years.
“After simply being an idea in 2011, we were able to automate Talomo 3 Hydro in 2013, and the Talomo 2 Hydro in 2014,” shared Pacquiao. Both plants located in Davao City are one of Hedcor’s oldest manually operated plants which were constructed in the 1950’s. “This is actually our first milestone which gave us the confidence that we can do it moving forward.”
After the automation of the five plants of the Talomo Grid saw completion in 2019, Hedcor geared towards integrating its operations with the newer Sibulan-Tudaya Hydros in Davao del Sur in 2020. By having a Regional Control Center, there is now a centralized real-time data monitoring and alarms management of plant operations. It also offers Operations and Reliability Dashboards for performance tracking and outage analysis.
In the inauguration, Hedcor’s President and COO, Carlos Aboitiz led the digital ribbon cutting and virtual demonstration of the Control Center’s off-site operations. With the assistance of the operations and maintenance team, Aboitiz was able to synchronize the unit 2 of the Tudaya 2 Hydro located Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, all the way from his residence in Luzon.
In his message, Aboitiz also shared his view of Hedcor’s digital journey thus far.
“We set on a bold course to automate, connect, and integrate our entire fleet of 22 plants with a vision to operate our fleet from a single operations center. Let us remember to look at how far we’ve come, take stock of what we’ve learned, and forge ahead towards a future filled with new ideas and full of new possibilities.”
The Southern Mindanao Control Center’s inauguration is part of the organization’s multi-year digitization and integration projects which aims to connect all of Hedcor’s hydro facilities to a single National Operations Control Center by 2024.
Currently, Hedcor is looking into integrating its Manolo Fortich Hydros located in Bukidnon to the Mindanao Regional Control Center by 2021, while simultaneously working on plant automations of its hydro facilities in Luzon.