NGCP energizes power lines for MSU

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) energized on June 3 the transmission lines providing power to the Mindanao State University (MSU), despite the ongoing gunfire in Marawi City.

NGCP tower

The said transmission facility tripped last May 23 when the clashes bewtween the Maute terror group and government troops in Marawi City erupted.

NGCP personnel began inspecting the line as soon as a clearance was given by the AFP.

The line crew continued with inspections and repairs while gunfire was heard coming from the peripheral areas of the compound. “We decided to go and proceed with the repair with three line crews, in order to give a ray of hope to the lone government university in Marawi City, the MSU,” the team leader of NGCP’s restoration group for Marawi said.

“We are very proud of our team. The bravery demonstrated by the substation crew, who have not left their posts since the hostilities started, despite the risk to themselves, is truly laudable. We also commend our line crew who conducted repairs amidst audible gunfire.”

The NGCP also expressed its appreciation to the AFP for providing security while the line patrol was doing repairs, and for providing security in transporting supplies being to NGCP personnel on duty in the area.

The company also assures the public that it is ready to conduct similar repair and restoration to ensure that power delivery service is continuous to its customers and household consumers. (NGCP/PIA-10)


Mindanao’s local hydro firm is PH first ISO 55001 certified

Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Hedcor Tudaya, Inc. are the first companies in the Philippines to be at par with the new international Asset Management standard.


TUV-SUD, an internationally accredited certification body audits the compliance of an organization with international standards, recommended the ISO 55001:2014 certification for both Hedcor Sibulan and Hedcor Tudaya after the 56.1-MW cascading plants in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur – namely Sibulan Hydro A, Tudaya Hydro 1, Sibulan Hydro B, and Tudaya Hydro 2 – passed the two stages of the audit.


Hedcor Sibulan and Hedcor Tudaya passed the two stages with zero non-conformances on the operation and maintenance activities. This means Hedcor has an integrated and effective management system for assets that enables the company to achieve objectives and assure these are attained consistently and sustainably over time.


Assessors also remarked the commitment and involvement of the top management and the professionalism and competency of the staff interviewed during the assessment and cited some areas for improvement that will further better Hedcor’s asset management.


This achievement is a testament to Hedcor’s pursuit for a better world through renewable energy.


“One way to fulfill our renewed purpose is by advancing our business so we can also advance communities. Through obtaining this Asset Management System certification, we can assure our stakeholders of a more efficient and reliable generation of clean and renewable energy”, said Rolando Pacquiao, vice president for Mindanao Operations, Hedcor.


Hedcor also acquired certifications for ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety), and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management System).


Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower which specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems. It currently operates 22 hydropower plants and supplies the country with 185-MW of clean and renewable energy. Soon, its Manolo Fortich Hydro project in the province of Bukidnon will add 68.8-MW of power to the Mindanao grid.

Mindanao power supply expected to remain stable amid Steag 2 preventive maintenance

Power producer STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) will carry out its first planned maintenance shutdown for the year on 8-10 February 2017.

Maintenance activities will be carried out for the major and auxiliary equipment of Steag Unit # 2 to ensure its long-term efficiency and reliability. The unit has a net generating capacity of 105MW.

The planned maintenance shutdown is expected to have minimal or no adverse effect in the power supply condition in Mindanao.

Unlike in the previous years, Mindanao currently enjoys a surplus capacity of more than 500 MW primarily due to the stable condition of the hydro electric power plants as well as the operations of new baseload capacities.

Despite this surplus capacity, SPI continues to enjoin Mindanao power consumers to remain prudent in the use of electric power.

SPI owns and operates Mindanao’s first coal-fired power plant located at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental.

The company is a pioneer in highly efficient and reliable power generation. It has delivered more than 14B kWh of electric power to the grid and has sustained reliability and efficiency ratings that are higher than industry standards. (spi)

Energy-firm empowers women in hydro construction project

As the clock keeps ticking, women continue to empower themselves to be strong and capable of being at par with men.


This statement best describes the story of the only two roses among the foliage – Girly Silma, 24 and Lizel Cabalida, 33 — who are now working as welders under J.V. Angeles Construction Corp. (JVACC) in Hedcor’s on-going 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon province.


An unusual occupation for women, but the two went for it out of interest and passion.


“We really wanted this job, and even from the beginning, we always believe that we could so we did,” said Silma.


Silma and Cabalida shared that they became more empowered after how many months of working on this project because of the trust earned.


“We are happy to be given an opportunity to experience this kind of work. We are aware that construction companies do not easily hire women, but we are thankful that JVACC and Hedcor gave their trust to us,” said Cabalida.


“I have bigger plans for the future and working on this project has given me the confidence that I can achieve those because of the quality of the learning I have acquired. I enhanced my skills and learned new things here,” said Silma.


They will be the two of the hundreds of people behind Hedcor’s largest run-of-river hydropower plant project in Mindanao.


In addition, Manolo Fortich Hydropower Projects are now over 70% complete and expected to start generating clean and renewable energy by 3rd quarter of this year. (Hedcor)

Duterte to NPAs: Refrain from pulling down hydro plants, infra projects

Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte urged the New People’s Army (NPA) on Friday to refrain from pulling down local infrastructures constructed for the people like hydroelectric power plants, transportation and communication facilities, and all other structures in the country.
Duterte said this clearly in his 9 December 2016 talk before local government unit (LGU) officials, industrialists, and entrepreneurs, right after the groundbreaking ceremony for the 10.6 megawatts Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP) project in Bukidnon.
He called on the NPAs to desist from any industrial action that may disturb national economy. Instead, he enjoined rebel leaders to help in securing the country’s structures against any destruction and engage in efforts to start talking peacefully.
In his brief remarks at the project site in Lumbayao village, Valencia City, the President said he declined the rebels’ demand of releasing the 120 political prisoners and peace consultants of National Democratic Front, emphasizing that the government’s interest should always prevail.
“I am true to my oath of office. I refused to grant the NPA’s demand because I have given so much too soon. I could only do it if they can produce and show me a document that says they agree to an indefinite ceasefire. I want permanent and lasting peace,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, he said, the Pulanai HEPP is a run-of-river project by Pure Meridian Hydropower Corporation (PMHC)—a joint venture of MERALCO and Repower Energy Development Corporation—that will generate over 74 GW-hr energy annually from Bukidnon’s Pulangui River.
The HEPP developers also explained that the project is a run-of-river energy source that will generate millions for LGUs and will provide employment opportunities.
Since the project creates economic activity in the community, Duterte urged not only the NPAs but the entire community to join the nation’s quest to avert climate destabilization, thereby making change happen. (RLRB, PIA 10-Bukidnon)

President Duterte breaks ground for 10.6 MW Bukidnon hydroelectric power plant

President Rodrigo R. Duterte led the groundbreaking rites of the Pulanai hydroelectric power plant, naming the occasion as “a good day for the nation in its quest to avert climate destabilization due to our burning of ancient fuels.”


Located in Lumbayao, Valencia City, the Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant is a 10.6-megawatt run-of-river project by Pure Meridian Hydropower Corporation (PMHC)—a joint venture of MERALCO and Repower Energy Development Corporation—that will generate over 74 GW-hr energy annually from Bukidnon’s Pulangui River.


In his speech at the plant site visit at 2:00 p.m., December 9, Duterte said “unlike wind turbines that require strong and reliable winds to function properly, the         hydropower or run-of-river as an energy source is safer because the total amount of water in a hydropower system does not change; once the plant is up and running, the moving water that powers it is free.”

Operated by PHMC, Pulanai Plant’s construction will start immediately after the groundbreaking and is expected to start commissioning by the first quarter of 2019.

The company’s project profile showed that the civil works contract was awarded to InfraCore Development Corporation, a joint venture between triple A contractor Pacific Summit Construction Group and one of Europe’s largest contractor Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), which will be using turbines and equipment from the best European manufacturer.

Once running, this run-of-river project is expected to generate millions for the local government units as part of its share based on the Renewable Energy Act.


As a renewable energy power source, it is set to bring forth more than P1.6 million in annual coal and gas savings while reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. This project will also employ more than 400 people during its construction phase.

In his groundbreaking rites statement, Duterte also called on the New People’s Army (NPA) to refrain from pulling down the facilities constructed for the people, like hydropower plants, because “obeying laws of the land will mean showing sincerity in talking peace with the government.”

The project developers, meanwhile, reported that this is their first foray in run-of-river operation in Mindanao.


Department of Energy records, likewise, showed that the Pulanai facility is among the hundreds of hydroelectric power projects that were approved by the agency in 2016, which aims to address the country’s call for additional investments in renewable energy. (RLRB, PIA10-Bukidnon)

Bukidnon hydro project marks 3.7-million safety milestone

The ongoing construction of the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project of Hedcor in Bukidnon Province reached on 16 October 3.7 million man-hours with no time lost on incidents resulting in injuries on personnel.


Hedcor’s president and COO Rene Ronquillo said, “A safe working environment can only be achieved if there is a collective effort from our team. And, this is now the result. Our team has shown a strong regard to our commitments to health, environment, and safety.


AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor considers the development as a major achievement, considering that the project site covers 74 hectares and involves a workforce of about 2,000.


Ronquillo said the project is now 63-percent complete.


The first of the two cascading run-of-river hydropower plants is contracted to JV Angeles Construction while work for the second power plant is conducted by Sta Clara International Corporation.


Hedcor commenced the construction in May 2015. The hydropower generation facility is expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2017.


The 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon will provide additional clean and renewable energy to the Mindanao grid. Recently, Mindanao cooperatives like Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative and Siargao Electric Cooperative signed renewable energy supply agreements with Hedcor.


Hedcor is a socially and environmentally responsible company. It complies with global standards on environment protection and safety as a company that is certified under ISO 9001 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System, ISO 27001 for Information Security Management System and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety.(Lloyd Revilla/HEDCOR)