Philippine oil company advances nine hydro projects

Government-owned Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) says it plans to develop a 20- to 30-MW hydroelectric project in Luzon Province, one of nine hydro projects it is advancing.

The state-run Philippine News Agency reported PNOC President Antonio Cailao said groundwork for the hydro project has begun.

In addition, PNOC has formed an agreement with Soluziana S.A. of Spain to perform a feasibility study of the 5.6-MW Babuyan and 6.8-MW Langogan hydroelectric projects in Palawan. The oil company already is studying building the 23.5-MW Timbaban hydro project in in Madalag in Aklan Province. (HNN 2/24/06)

Cailao said PNOC also is pursuing the 17.8-MW Catuiran project in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; 17.8-MW Sicopong in Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental; 25-MW Vallasiga in Sibalom, Antique; 20-MW Pasil in Kalinga; and 3.7-MW Paracelis in Mountain Province.

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