Philippine cooperatives to develop 132-MW Bulanog-Batang

Having secured water and environmental permits, Northern Mindanao Electric Cooperatives (NORMECA) plans to begin construction this year of the 132-MW Bulanog-Batang hydroelectric project on northern Mindanao in the Philippines.

The state-run Philippines News Agency said NORMECA, a coalition of eight electric cooperatives, obtained a conditional water permit from the National Water Resources Board and an environmental compliance certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources early this year.

NORMECA Hydro Power Corp. is to build the US$200 million Bulanog-Batang in 48 months and operate it on the Cagayan and Bayug rivers.

The Philippines national utility, National Power Corp. (Napocor), commissioned a feasibility study of the hydro project, which subsequently was shelved due to the impending privatization of Napocor generating assets. (HNN 11/28/07) NORMECA subsequently took up the project, spending three years to secure the necessary permits and to resolve issues of resettlement and environment.

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