Local renewable energy developer Sunwest Water and Electric Co. Inc. (Suweco) is gearing up for the construction of two more hydropower projects within this year.
Suweco President Jose Silvestre Natividad told reporters that the company is looking to start the construction of a 60-megawatt (MW) hydropower plant in Peñablanca in Cagayan Valley and the 9.6-MW Villasiga 2 project within this year.
Suweco is planning to commence with the construction of the Villasiga 2 project in Antique by the end of the year in lieu of the Villasiga 1 project, which is up for completion within this year, Natividad said.
“Actually, within the end of the year, we’re going to start [constructing Villasiga 2 hydropower plant]if we can. We just have some activities to do,” Natividad said, adding that in order to fast track the construction of Villasiga 2, the company will utilize all the equipment used in the construction of Villasiga 1.
“There are already some activities going on there but full construction will still be first quarter next year,” Natividad added.
The P2-billion Villasiga 2 project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Moreover, Natividad said that the company is looking to start with the construction of a 6-MW hydropower plant in Peñablanca, Cagayan Valley.
“Actually we already started the construction of the access roads. That costs P1.1 billion. Also, hopefully in 2017, it will be operational,” Natividad said.