14MW Sabangan Hydro now 80% complete 

14MW Sabangan Hydro now 80 complete
HYDRO TUNNEL. Using the run-of-river technique of generating clean and renewable energy, the 14MW Sabangan hydropower plant employs thee-kilometer tunnel to convey water to the powerhouse. The channel connects the weir, a non-impounding structure to the powerhouse where turbines are located.

Hedcor’s 14MW Sabangan hydropower plant in Barangay Napua and Namatec in Sabangan Mountain Province sees completion next year with construction progress pegged at 80% in December 2014.

Sabangan town will be the newest partner of Hedcor in generating clean and renewable energy as the hydropower plant goes online by March of 2015.

Major civil works at the weir site in Barangay Napua nears conclusion and amenities are currently being constructed in the area. The three kilometer tunnel that will convey water to the powerhouse located in Barangay Namatec is undergoing reinforced concreting.

Roofing in the powerhouse has already commenced upon placement of foundations. The powerhouse will be housing two units Pelton turbines responsible in harness the natural force of the water.

Throughout the stretch of construction, about 90 contracts amounting to 66 million were awarded to Mountain Province locals. These contracts are comprised of infrastructure, civil works and forest management projects.

Work is now focused on the transportation and installation of electromechanical equipment to the site. The transformers for the substation, which arrived last month are now being installed.

The hydropower plant is currently at its eighteenth month of construction which started with the groundbreaking activity in June of 2013. Once operational the host communities, municipality and the province will be beneficiaries to about 16-million annual shares from the hydropower plant.

Presently, Hedcor has 170MW generating capacity from its 21 plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao. The 14MW Sabangan hydropower plant is the first Mountain Province venture of the renewable company.

The project has a total investment of 1.8 billion pesos.