Suweco mini-hydropower plant in Sorsogon starts operations


This is the western side of Cawayan river relative to the Cawayan Bridge.

This is the western side of Cawayan river relative to the Cawayan Bridge. Upper Cawayan is somewhere on the left side of the mountain on the background.

MANILA – Sunwest Water and Electric Co (Suweco) Inc has completed tests and commissioning of its new mini-hydropower plant in Sorsogon.

Jose Silvestre M. Natividad, Suweco president, last week said the company’s 600-kilowatt Cawayan Upper mini-hydropower plant is up and running.

“The power plant started to generate and distribute power to Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II) in mid-August,” he said.

The plant can generate 2.786 gigawatts per hour a year and is located in Barangay Guinlajon, Sorsogon City.

The Cawayan Upper mini-hydropower project is a joint venture between Suweco and SORECO II.

With the commissioning of the facility, Suweco already has three operational mini-hydropower plants with a total installed capacity of 4.2 megawatts. The two other plants are in Catanduanes.

Suweco’s 8-megawatt Villasiga1 hydropower project in Bugasong, Antique is also nearing completion and is expected to be commissioned by end of this year.

Suweco is part of the Sunwest Group of Companies, which is led by Legazpi-based entrepreneur and businessman Elizaldy S. Co.

The original article is published at Interaksyon on September 16, 2013.

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