Two Power Plant Barges For The Philippines Completed By Hitachi

Built by Hitachi Zosen for the National Power Corporation (NPC) of the Philippines, two power plant barges — Napocor Power Barge 1 and 2 (shown above)—were completed recently at the Osaka Works (Sakai), and are the first such facilities to be constructed by Hitachi.

Upon arrival at Naga on the island of Cebu, the power plants will be subjected to tests by Hitachi to c o n f i rm performance.

NPC is scheduled to take delivery in June. Thereafter, the two barges will be moored together at one of three locations: Naga, Bacolod on Negros Island, or Isabel on Leyte Island. They will be moved on a fixed schedule to supply the power needs of these islands.

Planned by NPC as part of its program to meet the nation's growing electricity needs, both barges are complete self-contained power plants with power generators, switchboards, substations, and transmission facilities.

They are to be moored near shore and connected with land transmission lines that will carry power to homes and factories.

Each barge is equipped with four Siemens 8,000-kw generators driven by four 11,600-bhp Hitachi / Sulzer ZV40 / 48 diesel engines, and can deliver a maximum power output of 32 megawatts.

This project was planned in conjunction with special credit agreements between the Japanese Government and ASEAN Countries. The contract was concluded in 1979 on a turnkey basis, with Hitachi Zosen handling all aspects of the project — from design and manufacture of the plant barges and related facilities to transportation, installation, and testing.

The barges measure about 213 by 100 by 30 feet, and displace approximately 5,400 tons when fully loaded.

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