Professional services firm SMEC has been awarded a contract to carry out feasibility studies for a pumped storage addition to the 360MW Magat hydroelectric project on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

The Magat power facilty draws water from the Magat dam, a large rock-fill dam on Magat River, a major tributary of Cagayan River. The dam is one of the largest in the Philippines and is primarily used for irrigation, but the water is also used for other purposes such as generation of hydroelectric power.

The Magat project is owned and operated by SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP).