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LOCALS of Bukidnon working with Hedcor are completing the installation of the conveyance pipeline for Manolo Fortich Hydro 1 project.

Hydro firm to continue construction works despite weather

MANOLO Fortich, Bukidnon – About 9-kilometer (km) of steel conveyance pipeline has been laid already by the run-ofiver developer firm, Hedcor for its Manolo Fortich Hydro Project in the province of Bukidnon before the onset of the rainy season.

A local manufacturer of steel pipe was being tapped by the company for its new hydro project.

By targeting 5-km more to complete the installation of the conveyance line, Hedcor ensures the manufacturer to meet the time frame.

Hedcor’s vice president for Business Development Gregorio Jabonillo said, “We are readying all our resources including our people and facilities as we are seeing the start of the rainy season. As much as possible, we wish that our construction will not be interrupted amidst the rainfall.”

“Moreover, the safety of our people in the workplace is on top of our concerns that we need to ensure and continuously monitoring during these days,” Jabonillo added.

Hedcor is a subsidiary of AboitizPower. It is working double time to complete the Manolo Fortich Hydro Project on schedule.

This project will have a total installed capacity of 68.8 megawatts, enough to power about 10,000 regular households.

For now, works are focused on strengthening the cofferdams to protect the on-going construction of the weirs and powerhouse from the flood.

Temporary diversion channels are being restored to accommodate the expected flood flows. Likewise, the team is completing the construction of cross drainage for the volume of water.

Clearing out the debris and other possible materials which can cause clogging of natural waterways are being done.

The Manolo Fortich Hydro 1 is now on its 51% completion, while the Manolo Fortich Hydro 2 is pegged at 33% complete. The two plants will be commissioned by the second quarter of 2017. pr

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