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PIA Press Release
2010/06/04

Magat, Binga power plants generate power anew

Tuguegarao City (June 4) -- The SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-Magat) yesterday said that its hydroelectric power plant is now available for power generation as the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) starts releasing water for irrigation.

The power plant at Ramon, Isabela and Alfonso Lista, Ifugao have a rated capacity of 360 MW and draws water from the multi-purpose Magat dam which is prioritized for irrigation of agricultural lands in Cagayan Valley. The water used for irrigation is the same water used by the hydropower plant for generation.

Magat plant has operated at reduced capacity since January and temporarily shut down in the middle of March when water elevation was no longer sufficient for the plant to generate power due to the dry spell caused by El Niņo.

Meanwhile, SNAP hopes that the onset of the rainy season will allow steady increase of the water elevation at the Binga dam in Itogon. The Binga hydro power plant, owned and operated by SNAP-Benguet, has been available for power generation despite the dry spell but it has been constrained as well due to low water levels over the past months.

"When the water elevation is steady and sufficient for power generation, both Magat and Binga power plants can be expected to contribute substantial capacities for power supply in the Luzon grid," Mike Hosillos, spokesperson of SNAP said.

SNAP is a joint venture between SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power. (PIA 2) [top]

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