Hedcor to hike capacity of Benguet hydroplant to 19 MW

by Lenie LecturaAugust 17, 2016

from Business Mirror

HEDCOR Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., is expanding its hydropower plant in Benguet to 19 megawatts (MW).

Hedcor’s Bineng combined hydroelectric-power project is composed of Bineng 1, Bineng 2 and Bineng 2b. The expansion from the current 5.48 MW to 19 MW is expected to generate an additional of 42.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) or  62 million kWh annually.

The expansion project is expected to be online by 2018.

The company is currently processing its Free Prior Informed Consent with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and various stakeholders.

The Bineng hydrofacility was constructed in 1991, one of the first plants to be constructed by Hedcor in Benguet. The facility harnesses the water of Balili River, which flows northward from Baguio City to La Trinidad.

The Bineng hydroelectric plant holds International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications. These standards are for Quality Management, Environmental Management, Information Security and Occupational Health and Safety.

In the facility’s 25 years of operation, Barangay Bineng and the municipality of La Trinidad have been partners with Hedcor.

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