Luzon takes on hydropower projects

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Filipino-German energy firm Hydrotec Renewables Inc will begin the first phase of its planned series of mini-hydropower projects with a plant on the Marikina River, located in Rizal province just east of Manila.

Some $15 million are being invested into the entire hydro project, but the first phase will soak up the majority of investment at $10.2 million and will produce 18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year or roughly 3 megawatts of power generating capacity, starting with the Wawa-Montalban hydro project on December 17, according to Hydrotec Renewables Inc.

The second phase will see several other mini-hydropower projects along the Marikina River and its tributaries, which will contribute to effective flood control along the Marikina River, Laguna De Bay and Pasig River.

“All in all, we are eyeing 30 hydro projects – mainly in Luzon and the Visayas – with a total generating capacity of around 180 megawatts,” Hydrotec Director Hannes Mueller was quoted as saying by Manila-based Business World Online.

Hydrotec Renewables Inc, a 60 per cent Filipino-owned and 40 per cent German-held firm, has compiled a comprehensive database of rain-prone areas and discharge data of rivers, annual rainfall, weather conditions, soil analysis, groundwater levels, irrigation, flood situations, condition/pollution of rivers, fauna and flora in the Philippines, the firm has reported.

Due diligence such as this is needed to alleviate fears of environmental repercussions.

The projects will utilise high-end technology, such as electro-mechanical equipment, which will be outsourced from German manufacturers.

Approximately 40 to 50 Filipinos will be employed for the first phase of the project, according to Hydrotec Renewables Inc.

It is hoped that the hydroelectric plants will set a precedent for other sustainable energy projects in the Philippines that are founded upon sound environmental research and work towards cleaning already heavily polluted river systems.

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Filipino-German energy firm Hydrotec Renewables Inc will begin the first phase of its planned series of mini-hydropower projects with a plant on the Marikina River, located in Rizal province just east of Manila.

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Filipino-German energy firm Hydrotec Renewables Inc will begin the first phase of its planned series of mini-hydropower projects with a plant on the Marikina River, located in Rizal province just east of Manila.

Some $15 million are being invested into the entire hydro project, but the first phase will soak up the majority of investment at $10.2 million and will produce 18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year or roughly 3 megawatts of power generating capacity, starting with the Wawa-Montalban hydro project on December 17, according to Hydrotec Renewables Inc.

The second phase will see several other mini-hydropower projects along the Marikina River and its tributaries, which will contribute to effective flood control along the Marikina River, Laguna De Bay and Pasig River.

“All in all, we are eyeing 30 hydro projects – mainly in Luzon and the Visayas – with a total generating capacity of around 180 megawatts,” Hydrotec Director Hannes Mueller was quoted as saying by Manila-based Business World Online.

Hydrotec Renewables Inc, a 60 per cent Filipino-owned and 40 per cent German-held firm, has compiled a comprehensive database of rain-prone areas and discharge data of rivers, annual rainfall, weather conditions, soil analysis, groundwater levels, irrigation, flood situations, condition/pollution of rivers, fauna and flora in the Philippines, the firm has reported.

Due diligence such as this is needed to alleviate fears of environmental repercussions.

The projects will utilise high-end technology, such as electro-mechanical equipment, which will be outsourced from German manufacturers.

Approximately 40 to 50 Filipinos will be employed for the first phase of the project, according to Hydrotec Renewables Inc.

It is hoped that the hydroelectric plants will set a precedent for other sustainable energy projects in the Philippines that are founded upon sound environmental research and work towards cleaning already heavily polluted river systems.

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