Hedcor seeks ERC approval connecting transmission line to NGCP facility

by Lenie LecturaAugust 7, 2016

from Business Mirror

HEDCOR Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., sought approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to construct a dedicated point-to-point transmission line that will connect its hydro plant to the facility of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

Hedcor is constructing a 68.8-megawatt (MW) Manolo Fortich hydroelectric-power plant located in the province of Bukidnon. The plant will be composed of two units, with a capacity of 43.3 MW for unit1 and 25.4 MW for the second unit. The project is set for completion in 2017.

To connect the hydro plant to the transmission system, it needs to construct dedicated point-to-point limited facilities to the 138-kilovolt Tagoloan-Maramag transmission line of NGCP. The proposed dedicated transmission line costs P612.41 million.

“The project intends to cater the direct delivery of the two plants to the grid,” Hedcor said. In approving Hedcor’s application, the ERC said “the project is viable.”

“A perusal of evidence presented showed that the approval of Hedcor’s application is in accordance with the provisions of Section 9, Paragraph 3 of Epira [Electric Power Industry Reform Act], and other issuances of the commission and will redound to the benefit of the power consumers in terms of continuous, quality, reliable and efficient power supply,” the ERC said in its 14-page decision.

Hedcor recently signed a renewable-energy supply agreement contract with Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative Inc. (MOELCI-1).

Under the agreement, Hedcor will supply 1 MW to MOELCI-1. The power will be sourced from the Manolo Fortich project.

MOELCI-1, with a peak demand of 10 MW, provides power to the municipalities of Calamba and neighboring areas in Northern Mindanao.

Hedcor owns and operates 22 run-of-river hydropower plants all over the country. Its power plants combine for around 185 MW of clean and renewable energy.