FDC Utilities Inc., the energy unit of Gotianun Group, plans to put up the 26-megawatt Pampang hydro power project in the municipalities of Santa Fe in Nueva Vizcaya and San Nicolas in Pangasinan.
FDCUI said in a statement it would develop the hydro project under unit FDC Renewables Corp. (FDC Renewables).
“Filinvest recognizes the need for the country to develop RE 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,” said FDCUI president and chief executive officer Juan Eugenio Roxas.
The company received a certificate of confirmation of commerciality from the Energy Department last month for the Pampang hydro project.
With the issuance of the certification, FDC Renewables can now proceed with the construction of the project until commercial operations, subject to securing the necessary permits and licenses from concerned government agencies and local government units.
The project will tap the Pampang River through a run-of-river scheme which exploits the natural flow of the river to generate energy. A low dam across the river is enough to regulate the flow.
“With the government’s Build Build Build initiatives, electricity consumption in the country continues to increase. This project, among many others, intends to curb the supply gap we might experience,” Roxas said.
FDCUI plans to complete the remaining permitting requirements to proceed with project construction before the end of the year. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.
The multi-billion peso hydropower project does not only grant communities access to clean and affordable energy but also provides economic opportunities for host municipalities.
FDCUI also has solar, biomass and hydroelectric power projects in the pipeline.
FDCUI signed a joint venture agreement with ENGIE Services Philippines (ENGIE) for the incorporation of Filinvest-ENGIE Renewable Energy Enterprise Inc. to develop large rooftop and utility scale projects in the country.
FDCUI also owns the 405-megawatt coal plants in Northern Mindanao operated by subsidiary FDC Misamis Power Corp.