Aboitiz’s hydro arm generates nearly 1 billion kWh in 2020

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Hedcor, the run-of-river hydro arm of Aboitiz Power Corporation, has reported that it recorded an Annual Generation of 956,514,413 kWh (kilowatt hours), or 956 GWh (Gigawatt hours), in 2020.

With this, the company said that it was able to power around 400,000 households across the country last year.

Hedcor also recorded its lowest Weighted Unplanned Outage Factor (WUOF) at 0.73% for 2020, the hydro power firm’s best record in the past five years. This emphasizes the steady improvement of Hedcor’s plant reliability as it recorded the lowest number of unexpected shutdowns of its hydropower units in recent memory.

“For 2020, we really utilized the ‘Doing more with less’ mindset,” shared Rey Rafael, Hedcor’s Assistant Vice President for Operations in Luzon.

“While we had to work with a leaner workforce in facility quarantine, we were able to work around the limitations through proper communication, maximization of digital platforms, and  simplification of processes,” he added.

The measure was in line with Hedcor’s operations and maintenance teams opting to divide their workforce, placing teams on alternating 14-day facility quarantine, as a precautionary measure to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19.

Just recently, several of Hedcor’s facilities received ISO certifications even amid the pandemic.

Hedcor also opened last year its first-ever Regional Control Center in Southern Mindanao. The facility is able to connect Hedcor’s five hydro facilities in Davao City and four hydro facilities in Davao Del Sur, allowing all nine plants in Southern Mindanao to be operated remotely in a single control room.