Boy Ryan B. Zabal
KALIBO, Aklan – Libacao, Aklan mayor Charito Navarosa said the Aklan hydroelectric power project in his town will push through this year and will bring more economic benefits to the community.
The project, to be built by California Energy International, Ltd (Calen), is expected to generate a reliable 80 megawatts (MW) and environmentally safe power supply for Aklan and the island of Boracay.
“The investment costing P30-B include roadways, bridges, powerhouse, underground tunnels and hydro dam need experts to complete the specialized technology and designs,” he said.
The roadways and bridges are expected to be constructed this August and by early 2009 the hydro dam components of the project will commence, Navarosa added. Leighton Contractors (Philippines), Inc., a leading civil engineering firm in Asia, is providing the civil works of the power plant’s construction components.
“The Libacao project would produce more electricity what Aklan needs and helps counter the worsening power shortage in Panay Island. If operational, bulk of the electricity requirements of Aklan will be supplied by Calen hydroelectric plants,” Navarosa said.
The mayor is also closely discussing with Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) to provide potable water to its concessionaires.
First Gen Renewables, Inc. a Lopez-owned consortium is also constructing micro-hydroelectric power plants generating 15 MW. The town of Libacao also draws interest from Samsung to provide cheaper electricity and for its eco-tourism potentials.