The Sibulan hydro power project, one of AboitizPower Corporation’s largest investments in the Philippines hydro power business, has begun supplying 26MW of power to the Mindanao grid following the start-up of operations of the project’s first power plant.

Sibulan is a 42.5MW greenfield hydro power project and will feature two cascading run-of-river hydro power plants that will harness the Sibulan and Baroring Rivers in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur. The construction of the second plant is already underway and will generate an additional 16.5 MW capacity once complete.

The project includes construction of five drop intakes, more than 16km of steel pipes to divert the water from the rivers to the plants, about 3km of tunnel, and about 34km of transmission lines to connect the plants to ERA substation at Bajada, Davao City. Each plant will be capable of operating during peak hours.

The project is registered under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project that will sell certified emission reduction units (CERs) to industrialized countries. SHP is the only CDM-registered hydro power project in the country.

AboitizPower currently represents one of the largest private renewable energy producers in the Philippines. Its renewable energy portfolio includes geothermal and hydroelectric power plants located across the country. The company’s hyrdroelectric generation assets include the Bakun plant in Ilocos Sur, Magat plant in Isabela, and Ambuklao plant in Benguet.

Sibulan is being developed by Hedcor Sibulan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AboitizPower.