By Juzel L. Danganan
MANILA, Sept. 28 (PNA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the clearance for Strategic Power Development Corp. (SPDC) to undertake a grid impact study (GIS) for its 400-megawatt (MW) hydropower project.
According to DOE data released, the clearance for the GIS was issued on July 23.
The project, called San Roque Optimization hydropower project, has an installed capacity of 400 MW.
Located in San Manuel, Pangasinan, the project is likely near the existing 345-MW San Roque hydroelectric power plant.
SPDC is a subsidiary of SMC Global Power Holdings, the power arm of San Miguel Corp. It holds the power output or the independent power producer administrator (IPPA) contract of the 345-MW San Roque hydroelectric power plant, which is also located in San Manuel, Pangasinan.
The existing San Roque hydroelectric power project utilizes the Agno River for power generation and irrigation. It is also used for flood control and water quality improvement of its nearby areas. (PNA)