• DOE, A. Brown sign hydropower contract

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) said on Monday that the 25-megawatt (MW) hydropower project of Hydrolink Projects Corp., under A. Brown Company Inc., is still “under development for two years” before any construction for the project will be made.

    Over the weekend, the DOE and A. Brown signed the 25-MW hydropower contract, which grants Hydrolink the rights to “explore, develop and utilize” renewable hydro energy source in Carac-an River in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

    The contract was signed in accordance to the Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative’s (Surseco 2) reduced power-supply contract with the National Power Corp., as well as to meet the “expected increase in power demand in the coming years.”

    “[The project] is still under development for two years . . . more on feasibility studies and civil engineering protocols,” said Mario Marasigan, director of the DOE-Renewable Energy Management Bureau, in a phone interview with The Manila Times.

    He also said that all costs of the project will be handled by the private sector in accordance to DOE Circular 2009-07-0011.

    “We would like to help them in this undertaking, and as a sign of our full and sincere intentions, we immediately commissioned a hydropower technical team to study the power potentials of the rivers in Surigao,” Walter Brown, A. Brown chairman, said.

    Hydrolink President Roel Castro said that pre-feasibility studies have been made, and the company is now seeking the Surigao local government’s approval and support for the project.

    “We have already identified the most viable strategies for its development. We will now proceed to processing the necessary permits and coordinate with Surigao’s local officials for their support of the project,” he said.

    According to an A. Brown statement, the project will seek “alternative sources to supply the power requirements of the province, primarily the 12 municipalities and one city covered by Surseco 2.”

    A Brown, a real-estate company, is engaged in Mindanao through subsidiary Peakpower Energy Inc. and operates the 135-MW coal fired plant of Palm Concepcion Power Corp. in Iloilo.

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