NGCP up­grad­ing grid ahead of hike in power gen­er­a­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - BUSINESS - By Jo Ann Sablad

THE Na­tional Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines (NGCP) is ex­pect­ing the com­ple­tion of its re­in­force­ment of the Min­danao trans­mis­sion back­bone within the first quar­ter of 2019, months ahead of its tar­get ces­sa­tion on June 2019.

NGCP’s Min­danao 230 kilo­Volt (kV) Trans­mis­sion Back­bone Project will ad­dress the an­tic­i­pated ad­di­tion of bulk power gen­er­a­tion in the area by strength­en­ing the ex­ist­ing ca­pac­ity of the Matanao-To­ril-Bu­nawan and the Balo-i-Mara­mag-Bu­nawan trans­mis­sion lines from 138 kV to 230 kV.

In a state­ment, NGCP said var­i­ous key sub­sta­tions will also be up­graded in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the line and the ad­di­tional power ex­pected to flow through.

NGCP in a state­ment said the trans­mis­sion back­bone will ac­com­mo­date re­new­able and con­ven­tional power plants in the northern and south­ern part of Min­danao. This will en­sure sta­ble and con­tin­u­ous power from Lanao del Norte, pass­ing through Agu­san del Sur, all the way to Davao del Sur.

“With the com­ple­tion of the project, large gen­er­at­ing plants such as GNPower and SMC (San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion) will be able to con­nect to the grid, mit­i­gat­ing the once known vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of hy­dropower and max­i­miz­ing the gen­er­at­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of in­com­ing plants. This means that we can main­tain the qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of power which Min­danaoans will be able to en­joy. We are ex­cited for the projects lined up for Min­danao as this will cre­ate a solid en­ergy cor­ri­dor in the is­land,” NGCP said.

NGCP added that the project serves as an in­te­gral part of the Visayas-Min­danao In­ter­con­nec­tion Project (VMIP) which will com­plete the link be­tween the coun­try’s power grids, al­low­ing power be­tween the ma­jor is­lands to be shared, and en­sur­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity and sta­bil­ity of the grid.

“The Min­danao Back­bone project is key to the VMIP be­cause it pro­vides the trans­mis­sion high­way to ac­com­mo­date the ca­pac­ity which the in­ter­con­nec­tion needs for it to be fully uti­lized by both Visayas and Min­danao,” said NGCP.

The sup­port given by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Davao del Sur, NGCP said, was in­stru­men­tal in short­en­ing the project time­line.

Through fast-track­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its grid en­hance­ment and ex­pan­sion projects, NGCP can pro­vide bet­ter, con­tin­u­ous power trans­mis­sion ser­vices to the pub­lic.

“We are ap­peal­ing for the same sup­port from other LGUs (lo­cal gov­ern­ment units), as well as the pub­lic, as we all have a com­mon goal of ef­fi­ciently pro­vid­ing the power needs of the coun­try,” NGCP added.

On July 20, 2016, the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion ap­proved the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Min­danao 230kV Trans­mis­sion Back­bone Project.

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