Benguet dams suffer low inflow

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Monday, April 7, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Summer heat is affecting dam levels here.

SN Abotiz Power Benguet twin dams, Ambuklao and Binga's waters are teetering to low levels because of the summer heat.

Vice President for Corporate Services Mike Hosillos said both dams are suffering from low inflow because of the summer season's anticipated heat wave.

"Due to the summer season, Ambuklao Dam's elevation stood at 740.14 meters above sea level (masl)," Hosillos said.

Abuklao water levels are way below the normal high water level’s full supply of 752 masl, while in downstream, Binga Dam, water level is 567.42 masl, also below the normal level of 575 masl.

In 2010, Binga dam, however, hit a low of 561 meters a close to its minimum of 560 meters.

At that time, operational hours of Binga dam were maximized only at critical hours as part of mitigating measures here.

The 100 MW Binga Dam elevations are pegged at a maximum of 575 meters and can generate 100 megawatts of power.

The El Niño phenomenon hit the country in 2010 which affected fishing, agriculture and power dams.

Binga is the second plant SNAP-Benguet 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 which 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 April 08, 2014.

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