Power firm set to build eight hydro plants along Marikina River

By Lenie Lectura, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jan 08 2014 07:33 AM | Updated as of Jan 08 2014 03:33 PM

MANILA - Hydrotec Renewables Inc. will develop eight small hydro power plants worth as much as P2.7 billion with a combined installed capacity of 25 to 30 megawatts (MW).

This, after the Department of Energy awarded the company eight renewable service contracts, including certificates of registration, for the said hydroelectric plants that will be put up along Marikina River.

The company is building three mini-hydro projects in Rodriguez City, one in San Mateo City, two in Antipolo City in Rizal province and two in Marikina City in Metro Manila.

Hydrotech said site-preparation works at the three sites are ongoing. Depending on weather conditions, the construction period of a small hydro power plant is within six to eight months. All eight hydro projects are targeted for completion in 2016.

“The electro-mechanical equipment, like hydro turbines, generators, control boards, hydrological equipment will be manufactured in Germany, which guarantees us high efficiency and service span of over 50 years,” said Hannes Mueller, Hydrotec director.

Each hydroelectric power facility will be equipped with a real-time, satellite-connected weather forecasting system, which can provide precise, 72-hour forecast about any meteorological events, like storms and typhoons, as well as direction and speed of wind and clouds and amount of rainfall, among others.

“All data will be available at no costs for the hosting LGUs [local government units] and will improve any weather forecast and warnings for floods, storms, heavy rainfall or typhoons,” he added.

The company will also install trash racks that will remove waste and garbage materials from the rivers.

The host LGUs will receive 1 percent of the gross income as mandated by the Renewable Energy Law and, based on Hydrotec’s company policy, a continuous donation or investment of 5 percent of annual profit to be used for ecological, environmental and social projects.