The Aboitiz Power Corporation has inked an additional five megawatts (MW) of clean energy to the Zamboanga Del Norte Electric Cooperative through the Manolo Fortich hydropower facility in Bukidnon.
The power company said that its subsidiary, Hedcor Bukidnon Inc. signed a power supply deal with ZANECO for an additional 5 MW power supply, on top of an initial 5MW supply contract signed in June 2016.
In total, the 68.8 MW Manolo Fortich hydropower project will provide 10 MW for ZANECO.
“Manolo Fortich Hydro will enable us to further our commitment to support the energy needs of our country particularly Mindanao. At AboitizPower, we look beyond profitability and explore better ways to integrate good social development and responsible environmental stewardship into our business operations,” Hedcor vice president for Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao said.
The Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon will be the latest addition to AboitizPower’s renewable energy portfolio under the Cleanergy Brand. The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.
Hedcor will tap the rivers of Tanaon, Guihean, and Amusig for its two cascading run-of-river power plants in Manolo Fortich to produce 360 GWh of renewable energy annually for the Mindanao grid.
Hedcor is also the power generator of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative, and Siargao Electric Cooperative.
Hedcor currently operates 22 hydropower plants in the country – five are located in Davao City, four in Davao del Sur, 11 in Benguet, one in Mountain Province, and one in Ilocos Sur. These plants produce a total of 185 MW of clean and renewable hydropower energy.