DOE defers bidding for mini-hydro power sites


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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Energy has put off for the second half of the year the bidding for 40 to 50 prospective run-of-river mini-hydro power sites for exploration and development.

Mario Marasigan, director of the Bureau of Renewable Energy Management of the DOE, confirmed in a text message that the bidding would likely be held after the May elections. The DOE can no longer complete the preparations for the bidding—considered to date as the largest single offering of mini-hydropower projects to the private sector—between now and March 29, when the election ban takes effect.

The initial plan was to bid out the run-of-river hydropower sites in the fourth quarter last year. This, however, was overtaken by events, including the appointment of a new energy secretary in late October.

These mini-hydropower projects come with feasibility studies that were prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

The power projects, which are located in Luzon and Visayas, will have capacities of 1 to 2 megawatts each. Further studies, however, might still be needed on the projects.

The DOE has been optimistic of being able to draw enough private sector interest in the service contracts for the exploration and development of these hydro sites.

As of November 2012, the DOE has approved 165 service contracts for hydropower projects that can generate a total of 2,607 MW. There are, however, 131 more service contract applications that are still pending. These projects will have combined capacity of 1,869 MW.

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  • Jun Tuazon

    These “run of river” mini hydros are ideal for the Phils.In many countries such as Sri Lanka,Cambodia they were donated mostly by Germany.Sweden even have their own version that can power a small community.If this project can be run by village cooperatives that can be trained for the maintenance of the units they will be God sent to them,They will provide clean,reliable cheap electricity so they can be employed in cottage industries locally.This will alleviate the problem of people going to the metropolis just to seek jobs,which is why we have so many squatters.NGO should be involved not the govt. too much bureaucracy & red tape,until they get their share of the loot nothing happens.WE have become so untrustful of the govt because instead of helping the people they help themselves on the peoples money.

  • rodben

    Private bidding na naman tubong lugaw sa Investors at laking dusa ng mga kawawang Pinoy sa tyak sa mataas na electric bill..

  • Weya Sago

    1 to 2 megawatts? for a hydro powerplant? I wonder how much is their budget for each

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The government should initiate building mini hydros and slowly give control to the private people.  There should be a maximum shares.  No political dynasties in the control board.

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