Ambuklao hydro plant rehab in Philippines three-quarters complete

Rehabilitation of the civil and electro-mechanical components of the 75-MW Ambuklao hydro plant is 75 percent complete, co-owner SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet Inc. (SNAP-Benguet) said in a disclosure with the Philippine Stock Exchange.

SNAP is on track to complete the rehabilitation of the Ambuklao hydroelectric power plant in by the last quarter of 2011, instead of in 2010 as earlier targeted, media reports indicate.

SNAP-Benguet, a joint venture of SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc., told its shareholders it encountered difficulties in plugging the headrace tunnel to connect a new water intake and tunnel to the turbines that generate electricity, according to wire reports.

Once completed, Ambuklao’s rated capacity will increase to 105 megawatts from the current 75 megawatts, developers reported.

State-owned National Power Corp. closed the Ambuklao plant in 1999 because of technical problems. 

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