The 68.8-MW hydro power plant located at Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon will soon be up and running. This means additional renewable energy will soon be added to the Mindanao grid.
According to a press release from the Philippine Information Agency, the hydro project which is owned by Hedcor Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, is their first run-of-river hydro project in Bukidnon province and the biggest capacity undertaken so far. It makes use of three rivers in this part of the region – Tanaon, Guihean and Amusig. It only started April 2015, and is expected to finish by third quarter of next year.
Hedcor Inc. Vice President for Business Development Gregorio Jabonillo said that despite continuous rain, the excavation works within 74 hectares construction area are due for completion in a few months.
The 68.8-MW project was divided into two cascading plants. The Manolo Fortich Hydro 1 Project is already 43% complete while MF Hydro 2 is already on its 52%.
The installation of pipelines is scheduled to finish within this quarter. Moreover, concreting works which are focused on the weirs and desanders are on time and two powerhouses will start rising soon.
This hydro project employs some 2,000 locals of Manolo Fortich and nearby places. This is part of their commitment of providing job and source of living among residents in the community. As part of their corporate and social responsibility as well, Hedcor volunteered on the last Brigada Eskwela, a program of Department of Education in preparing schools for June opening. They also provided school materials and classroom buildings to Higaonon children.
Other than that, the company is continuing its reforestation project. More than a hundred thousand of trees have been planted in Bukidnon, as addition to 1.8 million trees planted and monitored by the company. (majority of the text here by Irene Joy Dayo/PIA10)