NGCP still work­ing on smart grid sta­tus with tech­ni­cal part­ner SGCC

Manila Bulletin - - Business News - By MADE­LAINE B. MI­RAFLOR

JINAN, China — As the Philip­pines con­tin­ues to pur­sue smart grid tech­nol­ogy for a much re­li­able power sec­tor, the coun­try’s grid op­er­a­tor Na­tional Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines (NGCP) is bank­ing on its ex­ist­ing part­ner­ship with the State Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of China (SGCC) to be able to tap ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies for its smart grid pi­lot project.

Amid grow­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of Asian mar­kets in the global smart grid in­dus­try, the Philip­pines has been one of the coun­tries in the re­gion that is yet to fully in­cor­po­rate tech­nol­ogy into its en­ergy sec­tor.

Smart grid, as de­fined by NGCP, is a con­tem­po­rary elec­tric grid that makes use of dig­i­tal au­to­matic de­vices, in­tel­li­gent pri­mary equip­ment, and ad­vance ap­pli­ca­tions to im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity, eco­nom­ics, and sus­tain­abil­ity of a coun­try’s power dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­duc­tion.

China, which is now known for hav­ing the one of the best power grids in the world, has been in­vest­ing sig­nif­i­cant amount of money into smart grid tech­nol­ogy for a much stronger power in­fra­struc­ture as well as in order to ac­com­mo­date new clean en­ergy ca­pac­ity.

Through SGCC, the world’s sec­ond largest econ­omy suc­cess­fully tran­si­tioned from a con­ven­tional power grid into smart grid, which makes its easier for the coun­try to ef­fi­ciently and re­li­ably trans­mit and dis­trib­ute elec­tric­ity to its con­sumers.

In an in­ter­view here, Ed­win Na­tivi­dad, Chief Au­dit Ex­ec­u­tive at NGCP In­ter­nal Au­dit Depart­ment, said that the Philip­pines is work­ing non-stop with SGCC to even­tu­ally achieve a smart grid sta­tus.

“We’re slowly get­ting the tech­nol­ogy from SGCC. For now, we are still in the pi­lot stage,” Na­tivi­dad told Mani­l­abased re­porters.

At the start of this year, global smart grid so­lu­tions firm ABB an­nounced that it has won or­ders worth ap­prox­i­mately $27 mil­lion from NGCP to de­sign, sup­ply and com­mis­sion 18 trans­form­ers.

ABB noted that an ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture cou­pled with a fast-grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and an agenda of in­dus­trial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment are what driv­ing the de­mand for re­li­able elec­tric power in the Philip­pines.

To be ex­act, NGCP is ex­e­cut­ing a struc­tured pro­gram to strengthen the ag­ing power grid.

“We are pleased to part­ner with NGCP for this im­por­tant up­grade that will strengthen the Philip­pines’ power grid, en­hance ef­fi­ciency and im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity of power sup­ply to con­sumers. As part of ABB’s Next Level strat­egy, we are com­mit­ted to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of power in­fra­struc­ture in grow­ing mar­kets around the world,” Markus He­im­bach, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at ABB’s Trans­form­ers Busi­ness Unit, ear­lier said.

The trans­former units from ABB are to be in­stalled in key sub­sta­tions across the coun­try.

As of now, Na­tivi­dad said that NGCP is tak­ing ad­van­tage of SGCC’s ex­per­tise to adopt the best global prac­tices in the Philip­pines.

NGCP’s smart grid ini­tia­tives in­clude the mod­ern­iza­tion of its su­per­vi­sory con­trol and data ac­qui­si­tion (SCADA) sys­tem, the up­grade of sub­sta­tion equip­ment, and ex­pan­sion and up­grade of trans­mis­sion lines and fa­cil­i­ties.

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