SNAP prepares Maris Canal plant for commercial startup

Commercial operations are set to begin by the end of next week at SN Aboitiz Power-Magat’s Maris Main Canal 1 hydropower project, following its commissioning and grid synchronization earlier this month.

The 8.5 MW plant, located near Ramon, uses water discharged from the upstream 380-MW Magat hydroelectric complex.

The plant cost US$47 million to build, SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) said, and took two years to complete. The run-of-river facility houses a pair of Kaplan pit-type turbines, each of which has a nameplate rating of 4.25 MW.

“This project was proposed by our Magat operations and maintenance team, and then developed and implemented by our business development group,” SNAP-Magat President and CEO Joseph S. Yu said. “It is truly a demonstration of excellence and teamwork, and of SNAP’s commitment to help bring positive change in host communities, the power industry and the country.”

The company said the plant has already undergone tests in compliance with the Philippine Grid Code, though final performance reviews are still under way before it officially enters service.

HydroWorld.com reported that SNAP had signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Irrigation Administration in October 2015 for construction of Maris Main Canal 1, with the facility to provide additional revenue to NIA through fees for the use of irrigation water and land.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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