NPC recently hosted the Presentation on the Angat Dam Rehabilitation Study by Poyry Energy Limited, an international consulting and engineering company commissioned by the Angat Hydropower Corporation (AHC) to conduct a study and strengthening of Angat Dam and Dyke. It was attended by NPC President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita, AHC President Geung-Jeon Han with AHC’s local partner from San Miguel Corporation, MWSS Adminstrator Gerardo Esquivel and representatives from Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works and Highways, Philippine Volcanology and Seismology, National Irrigation Administration, CE Casecnan Water and Energy Company, PSALM, Office of the Civil Defense, and San Roque Power Corporation.

Poyry Senior Engineer Stefan Ehlers said during the presentation that their study which includes research in strengthening Angat Dam and Dyke and minimizing its vulnerability to earthquakes and natural disasters will be finished by November 2015. AHC President Han added that after the completion of study, they will be ready to award the contract to start construction of the main works, though pre-construction works have already started.

Moreover, Ehlers did not conclude that Angat Dam cannot withstand a 7.2 magnitude quake. He said that further investigation must be done on the dam. NPC, trying to allay the public’s fears on the issue said that Angat Dam has already surpassed the 7.8 magnitude Luzon earthquake in 1990.

Administrator Esquivel solicited everyone’s cooperation to make the rehabilitation a reality saying “this is the closest that we’ve ever got to putting this [project] together, magtulungan po tayo so we can put this fusion together.”

NPC President Sta. Rita on the other hand assured the participants that even though the Angat Power Plant has been privatized, the National Power Corporation will continue effectively managing the dam and watershed. In fact, “the National Government has allocated funds through NPC to modernize Angat’s flood forecasting system and to the local government unit of Bulacan to pursue additional flood mitigating programs.”