Hedcor raising Benguet output

by Alena Mae S. Flores – August 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

from Manila Standard Today

Hedcor Inc., a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., is increasing the capacity of the Bineng run-of-river hydropower plants in La Trinidad to 19 megawatts from 5.48 MW.

The Bineng combined hydroelectric power project composed of Bineng 1, Bineng 2 and Bineng 2b is expected to generate an additional 42.7 million kilowatt-hour, or 62 million kwh annually.

The project is expected to be operational by 2018.

“We increased Bineng’s capacity because there was an opportunity for us to do so. There was a potential to increase the capacity in order to better serve the needs of the grid, so we proceeded with it,” Hedcor said in a statement.

The Bineng hydros, one of the first plants to be constructed by Hedcor in Benguet, were constructed in 1991.

The hydros harness the water of Balili River, which flows northward from Baguio City to La Trinidad.

Barangay Bineng and the municipality of La Trinidad have been partners with Hedcor for 25 years.

The conveyance pipes of the Bineng Hydros in La Trinidad, meanwhile, have been the walkway of farmers in Bineng. Hedcor allows farmers tap these pipes for irrigation.

Aboitiz Power is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services.

The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a right-mix portfolio of assets located across the country.

It owns several hydroelectric and geothermal power generation facilities. It also has various fossil-fired power plants in its generation portfolio to support the baseload and peak energy demands of the country.

The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, including the second and third largest private utilities.