SN Aboitiz Power completes rehabilitation of Binga hydroelectric plant-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
SN ABOITIZ Power has fully rehabilitated Binga Hydroelectric plant strengthening power in the Luzon grid, which has to fight off a looming power shortage in 2015.
SNAP vice president for corporate communications Mike Hosillos said Binga hydroelectric plant is now operating at 125 megawatts (MW) from its original capacity of 100MW in 2008.
Hosillos said the full rehabilitation of Binga was completed a year ahead of schedule maximizing its capacity and providing energy for entire Luzon.
"This will be support for attaining energy security in 2015, increasing energy requirement we have to make," Hosillos added.
Hosillos said the maximum capacity of Binga can reach up to 132MW, since its rehabilitation which started in 2010.
The fully rehabilitated Binga plant was finally inaugurated Thursday afternoon with Governor Nestor Fongwan, Department of Energy officials, local government units, stakeholders and indigenous people’s organizations leading the ceremony.
Morning activities included a SNAP board meeting with SN Aboitiz officials who gathered for the inauguration rites for the hydroelectric plant.
Operation of Binga Dam slumped after the 1990 killer earthquake which resulted in the massive siltation of the water intake tunnels and reservoirs.
The Binga plant was constructed in the 1960’s and required massive upgrades to be able to operate and increase capacity requiring a new intake at higher elevation, new headrace, replacement and modernization of plant control system and replacement of electro-mechanical components.
SNAP acquired its Certificate of Compliance (COC) from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Monday marking the 25-megawatt increase of renewable energy supplied to the Luzon grid.
Binga is the second plant that SNAP-Benguet has rehabilitated to achieve modern, state-of-the-art level under its thrust of operational excellence.
The increase in capacity translates to a higher generation of power for Luzon as well as trading in the open energy market.
Benguet is a source of renewable energy because of the presence of abundant water supply that helps in the production of clean energy to address the increasing demand for power as a result of rapid urbanization in various investment areas nationwide.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 18, 2013.