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Sibulan Hydro's second plant to add 16.5 MW

The Sibulan Hydropower Project will add a significant amount of generation capacity to the Mindanao grid once it is in full operation. The first of its two plants, in fact, is already generating 26 megawatts since it started operation in April.

The SHP, a 42.5-MW greenfield hydropower project, is AboitizPower Corp.'s largest investment in the hydropower business. It entails the construction of two cascading run-of-river hydropower 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 it is finished.

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

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