April 1, 2009

Ambuklao

Some days you just have to create your own dam of sunshine.











The biggest rock filled dam in Asia, Ambuklao Hydroelectric Dam is considered one of the huge projects that happened in the Cordillera area. It is also one of the first two dams constructed along Agno River during the ‘50s. The dam measures nearly 100 m. from the upstream of Agno.

The dam was designed to provide 75 MW (megawatts) of energy to the Luzon grid. The gross storage capacity of the dam's reservoir is 327,170,000 cubic meters. It also has a usable storage capacity of 258,000,000 cubic meters.

Construction of the dam began in 1950 and was completed six years after. Operation of the hydroelectric facility started in 1956. The contractor for the dam's civil works was the Guy F. Atkinson Company. The Harza Engineering Company of Chicago was hired as the engineering consultant.
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