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Multi-stakeholder monitoring team formed for Magat South Canal power project

SNAP-Magat has formed the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT) of the Maris South Canal (MSC) hydroelectric power plant as an environmental requirement for the power project.

The stakeholder-driven group was formalized during the two-day meeting held on April 6 and 7 in Isabela. It is a requirement of the environmental compliance certificate for the ongoing construction of the 8.5-megawatt hydroelectric power plant along the Maris Main (South) Canal in the municipality of Ramon.

As part of its general responsibility, the MMT has conducted its first ocular inspection at the project site in Brgy. Ambatal. The MMT is composed of 11 members from SNAP-Magat, DENR-EMB Region 2, Department of Agriculture Region 2, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2, Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of the Provincial Government of Isabela, National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS), CENRO-San Isidro, BLGU of Ambatali, MLGU of Ramon, Ambatali Elementary School and RamCor, the Council of Irrigators’ Association.

The USD 47.1-million MSC hydroelectric power plant will be developed by SNAP-Magat as a run-of-river plant and is expected to be completed in November 2017. It aims to generate additional electricity for the Luzon grid by utilizing the irrigation flow from Maris reservoir into Maris main (South) diversion canal. It is also covered by a memorandum of agreement with the National Irrigation Administration, the government agency that owns and operates Magat dam and Maris re-regulating dam.

SNAP-Magat also owns and operates the 360-MW Magat hydroelectric power plant at the border of Isabela and Ifugao. It is a joint venture of SN Power of Norway and AboitizPower.