SANTA FE, Nueva Vizcaya: A 26-megawatt (MW) hydro project that would traverse Pangasinan and Nueva Vizcaya could provide a boost to Northern Luzon’s energy supply, according to Gotianun Group’s FDC Utilities Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Juan Eugenio Roxas.
In a statement, he said the project would tap the Pampang River through a run-of-river scheme that exploits the natural flow of the river to generate energy, stressing that, “A low dam across the river is enough to regulate the flow.”
The FDC Renewables Corp. would develop the hydro project as it recognizes the need for the country to develop renewable energy sources to have a balanced energy mix and attain energy security.
“We have been working on this project for quite a while now and we hope to fast track its completion. Such efforts are in support of the government’s constant drive towards sustainable energy development in the country,” Roxas said.
He bared that the company received from the Department of Energy (DoE) a certificate of confirmation of commerciality as early as January this year for the Pampang hydro project.
Having been issued with the DoE certification, Roxas said FDC Renewables could proceed with the construction of the project until commercial operations.
However, the company has to secure first the necessary permits and licenses from concerned government agencies and local government units, he added.
Roxas said the electricity consumption in the country continues to increase.
“With the government’s Build Build Build initiatives, this project among many others intends to curb the supply gap we might experience,” Roxas said.