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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Earthquake-resilient design for biggest dam project outside of Luzon

The P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II), the biggest dam that will be constructed outside of Luzon, will have an earthquake-resilient design.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) here which is the lead implementing agency of the project through regional irrigation manager Gerardo Corsiga, said that the revalidated feasibility study and detailed engineering considered the possible occurrence of an earthquake in the preparation of the design.

Corsiga said that the location of the project is even far from the fault line that is located in Negros Occidental where the recent earthquake was recorded to be strongest.

The revalidation of the feasibility study was conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions (SDS) and funded by the Korean government.

“The Koreans actually are very particular in the dam safety. That is why they chose Calinog (town) as area because part of the study was the dam safety, which is a real factor that should be considered,” he said.

Corsiga explained that from the six dams that were earlier proposed, the number has been trimmed down to only three composed of one reservoir which is 102 meters high and an area of 800 square kilometers; one after bay that will be situated some 1.6 kilometers away from the reservoir and one catch dam.

The three dams will all be situated in the municipality of Calinog.

The construction of the project is expected to commence in 2013 and will be completed before the end of 2016.

The project is expected to expand the irrigation area of Iloilo province to 31,840 hectares from the current 22,340 hectares.

Aside from irrigation, it is also envisioned to provide electricity and potable water that will be established through private-public partnership (PPP).

Source: PNA