AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor has broken ground on a replacement project that will more than triple the output capacity of its Bineng 1, 2 and 2B plants.
Called the Bineng Combined Hydropower Project, the work will see the replacement of Bineng 1, 2 and 2B with a new facility. This new plant will have an output capacity of 19 MW once completed in June 2019, compared to a cumulative 5.48 MW generated by the three plants now.
“Once this is commissioned, we will be delivering power to the grid, from the grid it will now be distributed to the different electric utilities or cooperatives,” said Chris Faelnar, senior vice president of Hedcor.”
Aboitiz received approval for the upgrades from the municipal council of La Trinidad in July, and signed an agreement with the Indigenous Peoples of La Trinidad Organization to perform the work in January.
“As Hedcor does whenever we are in our host communities, the communities around can benefit from the revenue of the plant,” Faelnar said. “We also give voluntary shares from the indigenous peoples, to the barangays and the communities, the province and the municipalities, as well as generate a lot of jobs during the construction.”
The Bineng plants are located on the Balili River near La Trinidad, Benguet, and also include a third project, the 4.5-MW Bineng 3, though that one will remain as-is. All of the projects were completed in the early 1990s with support from the regional indigenous peoples groups.
Hedcor operates more than 20 primarily small hydro facilities in the Philippines, though its 43.5-MW Manolo Fortich 1 and 25.4-MW Manolo Fortich 2 plants are expected to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.
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