AboitizPower to triple capacity of three Bineng small hydropower plants.

AboitizPower has received the approval of the municipal council of La Trinidad, Benguet, in the Philippines to triple the combined capacity of its three Bineng small hydropower plants.

The Bineng Combined Hydropower Project will be carried out by AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor and will increase combined capacity to 19 MW, from the current 5.48 MW. The project, on the Balili River, consists of the Bineng 1, Bineng 2, Bineng 2B and Bineng 3 powerhouses. The upgrades will take place at the Bineng 1, 2 and 2B facilities, with 4.5-MW Bineng 3 not included. Total annual generation from the three facilities after the upgrade is anticipated to be 62 million kWh.

A memorandum of agreement between Hedcor and the local government unit of La Trinidad was signed June 27. “We are positive that this development will have great impact on the municipality’s growth,” said La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda. “The local government will play an active role in making this project a success.”

HydroWorld reported in January 2017 that Hedcor signed an agreement with the Indigenous People of La Trinidad Organization to allow for upgrades to the Bineng complex.

AboitizPower and its partners have a net sellable capacity of more than 1,200 MW from its portfolio of geothermal, hydro and solar plants. The company is constructing the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich hydro complex (43.4-MW Manolo Fortich 1 and 25.4-MW Manolo Fortich 2) in Bukidnon and the 8-MW Maris Canal hydro project in Isabela.

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