The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved four new renewable energy service contracts of Oriental Energy and Power Generation Corp. in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. 

A sister company of publicly-listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, Oriental Energy is set to develop the four mini hydro projects in the region with a combined generation capacity of 37 megawatts (MW).

These service contracts include the 15-MW Culaman Run off River Hydro Electric power project worth P2.2 billion located in the Sumilao-Manolo Fortich Boundary in Bukidnon; and three service contracts for the upper, middle and lower cascades of the Odiongan River in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental with total expected output of 22MW valued at P3.1 billion.

The Culaman Run off river hydro project will apply river flow diversion using a five-meter “weir” or intake structure that will have a height of five meters.?

This, according to Oriental Energy, is a beneficial move since the relatively low weir height of five meters will not cause submergence of lands in the surrounding community and environment.

Oriental Energy president Caroline Tanchay said the mini hydro power projects are in line with the Department of Energy’s efforts to address the country’s acute power supply problem without depending on expensive and pollutive fossil fuels.

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