NIA signs 5 MOU with hydropower developers

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:07

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with hydropower developers on February 28, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

The signing of three MOU between NIA, represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and Renewable Development for Sustainable Growth (RDSG) Corporation, represented by President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ruben B. Sumagang, aims to pursue the development of three mini hydroelectric power plants on three areas: 1) Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) Canal Stations +220m, + 203m, and +171 m located in Matanao, Davao Del Sur, 2) Andanan River Irrigation System (Andanan CIS) Canal located in Agusan Del Sur, and 3) Miral River Irrigation System (Miral RIS) Canal Stations +322m and +220m located in Bansalan, Davao Del Sur.

On the other hand, the MOU signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Visaya, and SunAsia Energy, Inc., represented by President Theresa Cruz-Capellan, aims to pursue the development of floating solar power project at the Pantabangan Reservoir located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, the MOU signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Visaya, and SN Aboitiz Power Magat, represented by President/CEO Joseph S. Yu, aims to pursue the development of floating solar power project at the Magat Reservoir located in Ramon, Isabela through an acceptable scheme under the existing laws, such as the Republic Act No. 9513 (Renewable Energy Act of 2008), among others.

Under the memoranda, the hydroelectric and solar power developers requested NIA’s permission for the conduct of feasibility studies (FSs) at its own expense and at no cost to NIA. The activity is necessary to determine the financial, socio-economic, and technical viabilities of the project, as well as the most cost effective development, construction, and operation of the power generation components. If FS is feasible, the projects will be commercialized.

The development of hydroelectric and floating solar power projects is an undertaking of NIA to explore other income sources to sustain its viability as a government owned or controlled corporation (GOCC).

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and RDSG President/Chief Executive Officer Ruben B. Sumagang (Middle Right), together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Outermost Left), during the signing of three MOU for the development of mini hydroelectric power plants in Mal RIS Canal Stations +220m, + 203m, and +171 m located in Matanao, Davao Del Sur, Andanan River Irrigation System CIS Canal in Agusan Del Sur, and Miral RIS Canal Stations +322m and +220m in Bansalan, Davao Del Sur.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) and SunAsia Energy, Inc. President Theresa Cruz-Capellan (2nd from Right), together with NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Outermost Left) and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (2nd from Left), during the MOU Signing for the development of floating solar power project at the Pantabangan Dam located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (2nd from Left) and SN Aboitiz Power Magat President Joseph S. Yu (Middle), together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Outermost Left) and other SNAP executives, during the MOU Signing for the development of floating solar power project at the Magat Reservoir located in Ramon, Isabela.

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EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
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NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
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