Aboitiz Bukidnon hydropower facility back in operation

Published August 19, 2021, 3:08 PM

by Myrna M. Velasco

After more than a year of shutdown, the 32-megawatt Manolo Fortich 1 hydropower facility of Hedcor Inc. of the Aboitiz group was finally back on line and has recommenced augmenting power supply for the Mindanao grid.

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In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Aboitiz Power Corporation, which is the parent firm of Hedcor, stated that the hydropower facility’s units 3 and 4 had been back on commercial operation since August 10 (Tuesday) and were synchronized back to the grid “after completion of restoration works.”

The company narrated that the plant had been de-energized since June last year “to make way for pipe repairs” — following the technical troubles due to persistent rains that caused saturation, erosion and mudslides in Bukidnon at the time.

The Aboitiz Power firm conveyed that there had been “pipe dislocations, pipe bursts and damage to the high head penstock line of the plant.”

Subsequently, from the damage that resulted in its stoppage of operations, it took at least 358 days or roughly a year to restore the affected facilities of the power generating plant.

With the return-to-operation of the units 3 and 4 of the Manolo Fortich 1 facility, Aboitiz Power noted that the entire plant is now feeding into the grid full gross capacity of 73.32 megawatts.

Manolo Fortich 1 plant has four (4) units with total generation of 45.94 megawatts; while Manolo Fortich 2 facility has another four units with aggregate electricity generation of 27.38 megawatts.

Aboitiz Power indicated that the output of its Manolo Fortich hydropower facility forms part of the renewable energy portfolio that it has been offering to customers under its “Cleanergy” brand.

In the forward investment trajectory of the company, it has been casting more RE projects, including hydropower installations, in its bid to balance its portfolio to a 50:50 thermal-to-RE ratio until year 2030.

The company has programmed massive capital spending of at least P190 billion for greenfield projects to be carried out in a stretch of a decade – and a significant fraction of that will be injected into RE ventures.

Aboitiz Power reiterated that in the next 10 years, it will “significantly expand its Cleanergy portfolio, in support of the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy in the country and as the company’s contribution to the global renewable energy targets.”

 
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