Dimaporos give green light to China-backed Liangan hydropower plant in Lanao
BACOLOD, Lanao del Norte–The provincial government here has commenced its private-partnership venture with China-backed Liangan Power Corp. for the P2 billion 11-megawatt Liangan Hydroelectric Power Plant Project.
Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo said during Friday’s groundbreaking that she was elated with the start of the project, which took over decades to materialize.
“The long wait is over after three decades of tedious process,” Dimaporo said.
In addition to the construction of the power plant, the governor said road concreting projects will begin simultaneously.
She pointed out that road concreting would be a major component of the power plant project, which would improve the road network that connects Lanao del Norte towns to Lanao del Sur.
Dimaporo said residents could also expect reduced electricity rates in the province once it is completed.
Mario Marasigan, director of the Electric Power Industry Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE), lauded local officials in “preserving and keeping this vision in developing renewable resources.”
“The 11.9-megawatt project can amply provide the supply of power resources for the growing demand of the Lanao del Norte,” Marasigan added.
The DOE official also challenged the Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (LANECO) “to make sure that this project is among the components of your distribution development plan.”
Josue Lapitan, president and chief executive officer of Liangan Power, said the power plant would be constructed by Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau of China.
“The project will start by the first quarter of 2019 after the release of the notice to proceed,” Lapitan said, adding that the project is expected to be completed in two years time. (PNA)