A Binga photo-shoot

So how does a dam in the Philippines look like? The first thing presented to me arriving at the Binga hydropower plant was this view of her stunning surroundings.

The turbines here get their water from the Binga dam, and in the overview you can see the structure of the dam to the right.
Standing at the dam looking out – there’s actually a lot of fish in here.
The water from the dam is regulated for irrigation purposes, and downstream there are several communities that produce rice and work with fish farming.

The Binga HPP is in itself surrounded by a community, and if you’re lucky you get to join in on a Boodle Fight!

Boodle Fight!

The main aim here is to eat as quickly as you can and steal as much food as possible from your opponents – tricky for a gringo who’s not used to eating with his hands! Luckily there was plenty for all.

The day-to-day activities down here are mostly carried out in the Power House, and here you see the generator floor – 90 metres below ground. Good possibilities to get in proper shape by taking the stairs.

From back to front, left to right: the stator; the rotor (with 9 of its poles) and the upper bracket

Finally, after a day at the plant you’re rewarded with a sunset that would cast a favourable light on even the most disputed monstermast.

Transformator i solnedgang

Over and out from the Philippines for now. If you’d like to know more about the project, you can read about it here: SN Power, Binga project

This is my trainee rotation program (click links for more information):

  1. SN Power HQ
  2. Cheves Project, Peru
  3. Binga Project, Philippines (current)
  4. Bajo Frio Project, Panama

Ole-Jørgen

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