On May 5, 2023, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), OLTAMA (Olutanga, Talusan, and Mabuhay) Development Alliance, Pagadian City LGU, and the Zamboanga del Sur II Electric Cooperative signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) at the Acacia Hotel Davao for the development of the Olutanga Hydrogen Renewable Power Plant Project in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The municipalities of Olutanga, Talusan, and Mabuhay in Zamboanga Sibugay will serve as testing grounds for the project, which will be developed at Talusan.
However, Mathieu Geze, president and director of HDF Energy Asia, stated that the project will still be studied, particularly the water source, as it will require water to produce energy.
The power plant, according to French Ambassador to the Philippines Michéle Boccoz, is projected to help to the development of Zamboanga Sibugay and Mindanao as a whole by delivering non-intermittent and clean electricity to the area.
“I am sure that this project will pave the way to new partnership opportunities as HDF Energy is currently developing its pipeline of projects across Mindanao. As we must now address major challenges such as climate change thus it is particularly adequate to suit the needs and the geography of Southern Philippines,” she said in her message.