Philippines agency selects contractors for 43.5-MW Balog Balog hydropower plant

The Philippines’ National Irrigation Administration has signed a contract with ITP Construction Inc. and the Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Co. Ltd. to construct the dam and other structures associated with the 43.5-MW Balog Balog hydropower plant.

The US$116.6 million contract will pay for the second phase of the project, which will be locaed on the upper Bulsa River near Tarlac.

The primary purpose of the Balog Balog reservoir is to provide water for year-round growing of rice and other crops, though officials are also touting its role in flood mitigation and fish production.

HydroWorld.com reported that the World Bank, on behalf of the Philippines government, was soliciting consultants to provide legal, economic and technical assistance for the project in 2011.

The NIA reaffirmed its intent to move forward with the development of a number of other hydropower projects on its exisitng irrigation and future irrigation projects earlier this week. According to previous studies by the agency, there are 357 potential irrigation sites for hydropower in the country.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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