NIA Isabela - The National Irrigation Administration and SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-Magat) inaugurated the 8.5-megawatt (MW) Maris Main Canal Hydroelectric Power plant, January 26, at National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Dams and Reservoir Division.
The MARIS Main Canal 1 HEPP project, located in Brgy. Ambatali, Ramon, Isabela, is the first hydropower plant constructed by SNAP thru its product innovation program.
Completed last quarter of 2017, the Php2.15 billion run-of-river plant started its construction in 2015 thru a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), between NIA and SNAP-Magat, for the development, construction, and operation of the then dubbed 8.5MW Maris Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric power plant.
In his speech, NIA chief Ricardo Visaya identified hydropower development as one of the current undertakings of the agency under integrated irrigation projects. He cited that there are vast opportunities for the country to develop more renewable energy sources thru efficient partnership of public and private sectors.
“The potentials of Magat dam is not only limited to irrigation, but also for power generation among others [...] undoubtedly this project will offer great advantages to local communities including sustainable domestic source of energy, affordable power source, flood control, and essential power back up during major electricity disruptions”, he added.
Also present during the ceremony were SNAP President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph S. Yu, Senate Committee on Energy and Economic Affairs Chairman Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Department of Energy Undersecretary Jesus Posadas, and Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner.
The Magat Multipurpose dam is currently irrigating 85,000 hectares of agricultural lands and benefitting at least 200,000 farmers in 34 municipalities in Isabela.