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Hydrotec projects obtain permits

Hydrotec Renewables Inc. of Germany said Wednesday it obtained permits from the Environment Department to proceed with its hydro projects in Rizal province.

“We received the CNC [certificate of non-coverage] for the first batch of our hydro projects, including the 3-megawatt Sitio Wawa in Marikina River,” Hydrotec director Hannes Mueller told reporters.

Mueller said the issuance of the CNCs proved that the special, ecological, economical and well-balanced design of Hydrotec’s hydropower plants would “have no negative environmental impact.”

He said with the issuance of the CNCs, the issuance of the environment compliance certificate, which was very costly and time consuming, would not be needed “for our hydro projects.”

Hydrotec  was earlier awarded eight renewable service contracts, including certificates of registration from Energy Department, for small hydro projects along Marikina river and tributaries with total investments P2.3 billion to P2.7 billion.

Mueller earlier said the hydro projects with a combined installed capacity of 25 MW to 30 MW would contribute clean energy to the national grid or the Manila Electric Co.’s franchise area.

The company is building mini hydro projects in Rodriguez City (Sitio Wawa, San Isidro and San Jose), San Mateo City (San Mateo), Marikina City (Tumana and Nangka 4) and Antipolo City (Hinulugang Taktak and Nangka 1).

The construction period of a hydro power plant is expected to take six to eight months. The company targets to complete all eight hydro projects by 2016.

“The electro-mechanical equipment like hydro turbines, generators, control boards, hydrological equipment will be manufactured in Germany, which guarantees us, highest efficiency and a lifetime of over 50 years,” Mueller said.

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