Angat Hydropower Corporation has awarded GE Renewable Energy a contract to rehabilitate the 218MW Angat hydropower plant located in the Philippines – the first major rehabilitation program since the facility was commissioned in 1967.
GE’s hydro teams in Europe and the Americas will be responsible for the supply of two new 50MW Francis turbines, four new 50MW generators as well as three new upgraded auxiliary turbines and generators. They will also be in charge of the assessment of the penstock, the powerhouse and a new control system will also be provided.
GE will work closely with a local partner, Desco, to install and commission the Angat plant.
In a statement, GE said that the rehabilitation will be conducted in the best conditions for the customer to limit a power outage of the plant as much as possible, a crucial pre-requisite as the dam plays a strategic role for the country.
Once fully upgraded in 2023, the power output of the plant will be increased by around 4 % bringing it to 226.6MW.
said, “I am delighted to start this collaboration with Angat Hydropower Corporation and support the country upgrading its hydropower assets,” commented Pascal Radue, President and CEO of GE's Hydro Solutions. “This new project confirms the presence of GE Renewable Energy in the Philippines, where the energy demand increases by ~7% annually and relies on hydropower to meet the demand. The country is also enjoying a strong economic growth. I am proud that GE Renewable Energy is part of this project that will provide the population with clean energy for many years.”