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The Magat Dam is a multi-purpose dam which serves as a source of hydroelectric power and as a source of irrigation water for about 85,000 hectares of agricultural lands.The Magat hydroelectric power plant is a four-unit powerhouse with a rated capacity of 360 megawatts. The hydroelectric plant is a peaking power plant, which means that it only operates when there is a high demand for electricity in the Luzon power grid, to which the plant is connected. The water stored in the reservoir is enough to supply about two months of normal energy requirements.
The project was jointly financed by the Philippine Government and the World Bank which extended a 150M U.S Dollars loan to finance the foreign exchange requirement.
In addition, a 9M U.S. dollars loan from Bahrain was obtained for the purchase of other equipment for the diversion tunnels, soils laboratory and model testing.
Total project cost is 3.4B pesos(yr. 1975).
The irrigation facilities, including the reservoir, the intake gates to the hydroelectric plant, and the dam itself, is owned and managed by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) while the hydroelectric plant itself was owned by the National Power Corporation (Napocor). Under the Electric Power Industry Reforms Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9136), the Magat Dam hydroelectric plant underwent a privatization process. As a result, the plant's ownership and operation was turned over to SN Aboitiz Power Inc. (SNAP), a joint venture of a local company, Aboitiz Equity Venture (AEV), and the Norwegian SN Power Invest (SN Power) in April 2007. SNAP won the privatization bidding in 2006.After the privatization of the hydroelectric plant, the provinces of Ifugao and Isabela had a dispute over the tax resulting from the transfer of the plant to SNAP. An agreement was made to divide the tax evenly, about 57 million pesos each, though some further disputes remain over the jurisdiction of various elements of the dam.
|Locale||Alfonso Lista, Ifugao / Ramon, Isabela|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Rock-fill dam|
|Surface area||117 km²|
|Max. water depth||193 meters|
|Installed capacity||360 MW|