BY SILVESTER C. BALANZA
Aboitiz Power subsidiary Hedcor, Inc. will inaugurate two more hydroelectric power plants, landmark developments to help ease the thirst for power in Davao del Sur and Davao City in these days of brownouts.
The current power crisis has made miserable life in Davao City which has an energy requirement of from 270 MW to 302 MW; and Davao del Sur which has a power demand pegged at 72 MW.
Emmanuel Medelo, grid manager of Hedcor, said Tudaya Hydro 1 (49.1MW) and Tudaya Hydro 2 (26MW) in Astorga, Sta. Cruz town have a combined capacity of 75 MW.
During a tour of the facilities by Davao City-based media, Medelo said the two new hydropower plants already started operating on a dry-run in March but in lower generating capacity even as they still have to be formally inaugurated this month.
The plants are set to go into full commercial operation in June, said Medelo.
The new twin hydro power plants add up to two existing power generators of Hedcor: Sibulan Hydro A and Sibulan Hydro B (combined capacity 42.5MW) also in Sta. Cruz which started commercial operation four years ago.
Tudaya Hydro 1 is upstream of Sibulan Hydro A while Tudaya Hydro 2 is on the same location as Sibulan Hydro B.
Medelo said Tudaya 1 and Sibulan Hydro A and Hydro B supplies power to another Aboitiz subsidiary, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the sole power provide in Davao City and parts of Davao del Norte while Tudaya 2 supplies the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (Dasureco).