TAGBILARAN CITY – The plan to construct another hydro power plant at Loboc river proposed by Next Power Consortium Incorporated (NPCI), chaired by Cyril del Callar, former President of National Power Corporation, “can give some band aid solution” to the looming power shortage in the province, Provincial Board Member Gerry Garcia representing second district said.
“To give hindsight, we have Loboc River Hydro Plant which is operating at 5 megawatts (MW) or less than 5. If you will put a downstream turbine, it will lessen the capacity, and Bohol, has a demand of 60MW, so probably, it cannot help a lot on our power requirement,” Garcia told his colleagues as indicated in the minutes Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) dated March 6, 2015. Garcia, who is an engineer by profession, said he did not interpose an objection to the proposal to construct such hydro power plant but he doubted that a downstream turbine can generate more than 5 MW.
He also reminded his colleagues to consider Loboc river is a tourist area, “social responsibility activities have to be done” once the proposal prospered. “So probably, this project will not take-off sooner as we expect, but anyway we have this resolution already given to BEDAG,” he added.
The proposal to construct another hydro power plant is located just bleow the existing hydro plant in said river owned by Sta Clara company. Provincial board member Elpidio Jala has brought the said proposal to the attention of his colleagues during the said session.
The project cost some half billion pesos, Jala said. The plan is projected to be “a cascading plan, meaning to say, first, they will construct one turbine, then after that, another turbine, and they can construct even five turbines so that if the megawatt is not enough for power generation in the Province of Bohol, they would just add another turbine.”
The construction of hydro plant using the turbine is new technology from Australia that “it needs only a little water to generate this particular turbine.”
Jala hastened to propose a Resolution “requesting BEDAG to hasten or act on the proposal or consider the proposal so that this particular investor can start with its proposed project in Loboc River.”
His motion for the passage of said Resolution was premised on the fact that there’s looming power shortage in the country, including Bohol and that Bohol is racing against time.
The construction of the hydro power plant would take about two years based on the proposal already submitted to the governor, Jala said.
As this developed, Jala withdrew his motion for the approval of the said Resolution since there was nobdy seconded it.
Earlier, the SP has passed similar measure requesting agencies concerned to interconnect power from Cebu to Bohol via undersea cable.
Loboc river has already two hydro power plants. There’s the Sevilla hydro aside from existing hydro in Loboc river.
Bohol is served by a little over combined 20 MW from the two hydro plants and another (hydro) in Balilihan and Bohol diesel power plant. It needs more than 60 MW during peak hours, according to power distributors in Bohol. (rvo)