By Lenie Lectura - July 13, 2017
SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (Snap-Magat) is on track to complete its 8.5-megawatt (MW) run-of-river hydropower-plant project in Isabela, with target commercial operation set in November this year.
Snap President and CEO Joseph Yu said the plant, which costs $47.1 million (P2.39 billion), is already 85-percent complete.
“This is our first project to come through our greenfield pipeline, so we are very excited. We have been working hard to ensure we finish on time and within budget, as well as within safety, social and environmental standards. Barangay Ambatali is also now our host barangay, a welcome addition to what we hope would be a growing number of Snap host communities,” Yu said.
The hydro plant will generate renewable energy by utilizing the water flow from Maris Reservoir into Maris Main (South) Diversion Canal.
Snap is also the proponent of a bigger hydro project in Ifugao, the 390-MW Alimit Hydro. The project is a multifacility complex comprised of the 20-MW Olilicon hydro, 120-MW Alimit hydro and the 250-MW Alimit Pumped Storage, and it requires a 42-kilometer, 230-KV transmission line to move power from the plant to the grid.
The project aims to combine the waters of the Alimit River and Ibulao River to generate electricity. The complex encompasses four ancestral domains in the municipalities of Aguinaldo, Lagawe, Lamut and Mayoyao, with 81 host barangays under these domains.
Snap Group is a joint venture between SN Power and AboitizPower. It owns and operates the Magat hydro with a nameplate capacity of 360 MW with maximum output of 380 MW, and is located on the border of Isabela and Ifugao. Snap also owns and operates the 105-MW Ambuklao hydro and the 140-MW Binga hydro in the province of Benguet.