The Philippines’ Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has granted a certificate of compliance to SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet for the operation of all four turbine units at the 125.8-MW Binga hydropower plant.
SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power, announced the refurbishment project in 2011.
The upgrade increased the capacity of Binga’s hydro turbines from 25 MW to about 30 MW, increasing the lifespan of the plant by 50 years.
Other work included the construction of a new intake and headrace, the replacement of electro-mechanical components, and the modernization of the plant’s control systems.
Binga is part of a complex that also includes the 105-MW Ambuklao hydroelectric plant. Ambuklao entered commercial operation in 1956, with Binga following four years later.
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