Angat Dam rehabilitation to start in 2014
Hagonoy, Bulacan – The rehabilitation of the Angat Dam is expected to start next year when the privatization of the 45-year-old dam started, an official of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) said.
In a report by community newspaper Mabuhay based in this province, PSALM President Emmanuel R. Ledesma, Jr. said the rehabilitation project will be undertaken by the Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-water) after the management turnover of a portion of the 246-megawatt (MW) Angat hydroelectric power plant (HEPP) started.
“Under the Angat HEPP operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement, K-Water has the obligation to perform the mandatory rehabilitation activities to make Angat dam and its related facilities conform to international standards,” he said.
K-Water is the private company that won the bidding to operate the 218-MW segment of Angat hydroelectric power plant for $440.88 million in 2010. Ledesma said the turnover of the HEPP segment to the Korean firm is expected to start early next year.
He added that there is already a study on the Angat Dam and Dyke Strengthening Project even before the PSALM awarded the contract to the private company, which he said could be used for the rehabilitation.
Some of the recommendations of the study could be used to fast track the rehabilitation considering that its study is estimated to cost P5.7 billion, he said.
However, the company could still conduct its own study for the final project design, he stressed. “K-Water under the O&M agreement for the non-power components, however, can engage the services of at least two independent consultants to conduct its own study.”
Moreover, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Gerardo A.I. Esquivel said in another report that the government hopes the rehabilitation program will start next year.
He disclosed that the K-water is finishing the Angat Dam scale modeling on its laboratory at Korea and expected to finish this month of December.
“We already gave them a Tonkin and Taylor study. So using this study and their laboratory and whatever independent studies they have, then we’re ready to proceed with the project. So we hope in the middle of next year, they already have an actual method that will be used in the rehabilitation and the project will already start by then,” he was quoted as saying.
The national government has been urged to fast-track the rehabilitation of the Angat Dam after a report was released over its potential risk to the residents of Bulacan and other nearby towns. Authorities confirmed that when a 7.2-magnitude struck the province, the aging dam could possibly break and could submerge more than 50 percent of the area.
This is because the Angat Dam is sitting near the Western Marikina Valley Fault and could trigger the dam, experts who conducted the study on the safety of Angat Dam said.