Andritz reveals price of 104-MW Pantabangan upgrade

Andritz VA Tech Hydro announced its contract to upgrade the Philippines’ 104-MW Pantabangan hydroelectric project is valued at 30 million euros (US$47.1 million).

Philippines independent power producer First Gen Hydro Power Corp. announced in February that it commissioned VA Tech Hydro GmbH of Austria to perform major refurbishment and upgrade work at Pantabangan, which has been in service since 1977 without a major overhaul. (HNN 2/19/08)

First Gen Hydro parent First Gen Corp. acquired Pantabangan and its sister project, 12-MW Masiway, in Nueva Ecija Province for US$129 million in a 2006 privatization auction of the National Power Corp. assets.

VA Tech Hydro is to replace the project’s two 52-MW turbines, one between July and December 2009, and the other by December 2010. Other work includes new generator stator windings, and modernization of complete electrical equipment, including the governor system, unit automation with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, new static excitation, generator and transformer protection, new medium-voltage switchgear, and low-voltage distribution.

The upgrade is to extend plant life by 30 years, improve efficiency and performance, and increase capacity by 18 MW.

First Gen plans to invest in additional generating units at both plants, increasing Pantabangan by another 65 MW and Masiway by another 13 MW. First Gen previously said it also planned another 1-MW increase at Masiway through upgrades.

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