Tudaya hydro plants operate this summer-A A +A
Friday, May 9, 2014
HEDCOR'S newest hydropower facilities, Tudaya 1 and 2 run-of-river hydropower plants in Davao del Sur, are now in commercial operation stage at the height of summer season.
After the completion of its testing and commissioning phase ensuring its reliability last March, the two hydropower projects began generating clean and renewable energy to the region.
To date the two hydropower facilities generated about seven million kilowatt-hours (kWhs) with an average daily generation of 110,000 kWhs. Since run-of-river hydropower scheme relies on the natural flow of the harnessed rivers, this generation is expected to rise as the rainy season begins to engulf the region.
The construction of the hydropower facilities run 18 months starting late 2012. Tudaya Hydro 1 plant operates at 6.6 MW while Tudaya Hydro 2 runs with a total capacity of 7MW. Together, the plants can produce clean and renewable energy at 14 MW with an annual generation of 76.5 million kWh.
The projects are part of the expansion of the 42.5 MW Sibulan hydropower plant. Hedcor supplies a total of 61 MW to the Mindanao Grid from its nine run-of-river plants in Davao City and Davao del Sur. The Tudaya hydros will escalate the generation by 22 percent.
Tudaya Hydro 1 plant will deliver power to Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) which serves about 264 barangays.
On the other hand, Tudaya Hydro 2 plant will supply Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasureco).
During the construction, about 400 workers were outsourced locally giving employment opportunities to both skilled and professional workers.
This is one of the company’s corporate social responsibility programs specifically in livelihood.
The plants also attained over two million safe man-hours without disabling accidents during its construction phase as validated by the Department of Labor and Employment Region IX.
Also, earlier this year the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) awards Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to Tudaya 1 and 2 run-of-river hydropower plants for producing carbon neutral electricity. Through balancing CO2 emission reduction, energy security, environmental protection, social development, and inclusive growth.
As the leading force in run-of-river hydropower development in the country, Hedcor proactively seeks better solutions towards a better future.
Currently, Hedcor is also working to complete the pertinent requirements for the 69 MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon and for the completion of the ongoing construction of 14 MW Sabangan Hydropower Project in Mt Province.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 10, 2014.