New hydro plant starts operations

By Alena Mae S. Flores – January 25, 2018 at 07:40 pm

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat Inc. said Thursday it successfully commissioned the 8.5-megawatt Maris Main Canal Hydroelectric Power plant in Ifugao province.

The Maris hydro plant taps water coming from Magat hydro that goes into the Maris re-regulating dam located downstream of Magat, before flowing into the Maris Main (South) Irrigation Canal.

Construction of the P2.15 billion run-of-river hydro plant took about two years.

SNAP-Magat president and chief executive Joseph Yu said the commissioning of the project was a celebration of the partnerships that made the project possible.

“This was truly a collaborative effort – and will continue to be – as we work together to power positive change for our country, our host communities, and our team,” Yu said.

The Maris hydro is the first power plant constructed by SN Aboitiz Power Group since it acquired the 380-MW Magat hydro in 2007 through privatization.

It is composed of two Kaplan generator units with a nameplate capacity of 4.25 MW each. Unit 1 was commissioned on Oct. 24 while Unit 2 was commissioned on Nov. 6, 2017.