REDC, Frabelle break ground on Labayat mini-hydro plant

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Repower Energy Development Corp. (REDC) broke ground for a run-of-river hydropower plant project in Upper Labayat, Quezon Province in partnership with the Frabelle and TSP Marine Group, a giant food and fishing conglomerate which recently ventured into the renewables business through a consortium with Markham Resources to build mini hydroelectric plants that will cover Luzon and other areas in Mindanao.

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REDC is the mini hydropower business of local investment holding company Pure Energy Holdings Corporation (PEHC).

“This is one of the projects that we’re building to benefit the local community as we will provide clean, reliable, and sustainable energy. This project will directly address the province’s overdependence on coal power plants as its primary energy source,” REDC chief executive Dexter Y. Tiu said.

The high-pressure hydropower plant station will use water from the Upper Labayat River and produce power for the local community. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2018, after a construction period of about two years.

Frabelle Group’s president, Francisco Tiu Laurel, whose company just recently entered into the power industry business, said that the project will not only provide power needs in the local community but can one day supply their own factories and shipyards.

“The hydropower project, once constructed, will generate more energy than our own factory requirements and at the same time stabilize the energy needs of the communities,” he said.

The hydro facility will be built in the upper cascade of the Labayat River, while the power station itself will be built at Barangay Maragondon, Municipality of Real, Quezon. With an installed capacity of 3 megawatts (MW), the power plant will generate over 16 gigawatt (GWh) of clean and renewable energy annually, which is equivalent to the consumption of about 20,000 households. This makes the Upper Labayat mini hydropower plant one of the most efficient power plants constructed by REDC.

The Upper Labayat hydropower plant’s renewable power output through a 2.5-kilometer transmission line is expected to qualify for Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) incentives and get dispatched in the electricity spot market at P5.90 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) under the FiT rate for hydropower.

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