Hydrotec eyeing projects in Leyte

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To help Eastern Visayas to cope with its power supply problems starting this year onward, renewable energy firm Hydrotec Renewables Inc. is looking at developing several potential mini and micro hydro projects in Leyte.

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The power supply problem in Eastern Visayas was worsened by the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda on the region’s power transmission and distribution lines.

“Our German and Filipino engineers are currently checking several potential sites for mini and micro hydros in Leyte like at Baybay and Ormoc area,” Hydrotec Director Hannes Mueller said.

According to Mueller, construction period for a small hydro plants with up to 10-megawatt (MW) capacity will only span within six to eight months, while mini hydro projects can be constructed within two to four months.

“For the construction, we will outsource local [Leyte] labors and firms, as well as for the operation and maintenance,” Mueller said.

For the installation of micro hydros, which are up to 50 kilowatts (kW), the company is in discussion for support and grants from the European Commission and the German government.

One kW per hour can serve four to five Philippine households, which means a 1-MW project can serve 4,000 to 5,000 households per hour.

Mueller further said that the company’s plan to build hydro-power plants is in line with its intention to electrify regions with not enough power supply, while creating jobs in the typhoon-devastated areas.

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