Hydro project seeks IPs’ approval

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The proposed Alimit Hydroelectric Power Complex of SN Aboitiz Power-Ifugao Inc. (SNAP-Ifugao) is still completing the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process with the indigenous peoples as required under the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 (IPRA).

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The hydropower complex is composed of three power facilities–the 20 (megawatt) MW Olilicon Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP), 120 MW Alimit HEPP and the 250 MW Alimit Pumped Storage Project, for a total of 390 MW.

The proposed facilities in the municipalities of Aguinaldo, Lagawe, Lamut and Mayoyao in Ifugao province aim to provide additional electricity to the grid and contribute to energy security.

“We have been conducting the second community consultative assemblies, or CCA2, since January 2016 in the four ancestral domains,” SNAP Group spokesman Mike Hosillos said in a statement on Tuesday.

Once the consultative assemblies are concluded in all the domains, the indigenous peoples have 60 days to decide whether to give consent to the proposed project.

If the consent is obtained, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be negotiated to embody the terms and conditions of the FPIC.

In addition to the FPIC process, SNAP-Ifugao needs to secure local-government endorsements and environmental compliance certificate for the project as well as other mandatory regulatory requirements.
SNAP-Ifugao is a joint venture of SN Power AS and AboitizPower.

SN Power AS is a Norwegian company that focuses on hydropower development in Southeast Asia while AboitizPower is the holding company of Aboitiz Group in power generation, distribution and retail electricity services.

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