Tudaya plants operation boosts DLPC, Dasureco power supply

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


POWER utilities, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) and Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasureco), are expected to increase its power supply with the inaugration of the two Tudaya hydropower plants, with a total capacity of P13.6 megawatts, operated by Hedcor, a subsidiary of AboitizPower.

In a press briefer, the 6.6 MW Tudaya 1 harnesses its generation from the Baroring River while the 7 MW Tudaya 2 harnesses power from Sibulan River. Both are run-of-the-river hydroelectricity power plants.

The construction began in the last quarter of 2012 with an investment of around P2.4 billion.

Hedcor president and chief operating officer Rene Ronquillo, in yesterday's inauguration at Tudaya 1 in Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur, said Tudaya 1 is fully contracted to DLPC while the Tudaya 2 is fully contracted to Dasureco.

"Although they are small and will not totally solve the power crisis in Mindanao, we are sure they will go a long way," he said.

Ronquillo said each plant is equipped with an impoundment facility that has enough capacity to serve the needs of its consumers during peak hours.

Testing and commissioning process was conducted in February this year wherein Hedcor was issued a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) by the Energy Regulation Committee. The plants started operations in March wherein it generated about seven million kilowatt hours (kwh) at the peak of summer season.

Sta. Cruz Mayor Joel Ray Lopez said the presence of the Hedcor's power plants will assure investors and businesses that there is a stable power supply in the area.

Tudaya 1 and 2 are the 20th and 21st hydroelectric plants of Hedcor. It has hydroelectric plants, all of which are run-of-the river, present in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Davao City, and Davao del Sur.

Ronquillo also said in June this year, they will start the construction of the 68 MW hydroelectric power plant in Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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