NGCP ad­vanc­ing fa­cil­ity up­grade for up­com­ing power plants in Que­zon

Manila Bulletin - - Business News -

With sev­eral power plants cur­rently un­der vary­ing de­grees of de­vel­op­ment in Que­zon prov­ince, sys­tem op­er­a­tor Na­tional Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines (NGCP) is lin­ing up its 500-kilo­volt Pag­bi­lao sub­sta­tion project to guar­an­tee that these fa­cil­i­ties’ gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity can be ac­com­mo­dated in the trans­mis­sion sys­tem.

This trans­mis­sion fa­cil­ity had been ear­marked a cap­i­tal out­lay of

bil­lion based on the ap­proval of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion. It is eyed for com­ple­tion in March 2020.

NGCP said it al­ready con­cluded pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions with con­cerned lo­cal govern­ment units as well as the com­mu­ni­ties that will be af­fected by the in­stal­la­tion of the pro­posed fa­cil­ity.

“These talks were ini­ti­ated by NGCP to present the project, gain sup­port from the com­mu­ni­ties and to ad­dress any is­sues the pub­lic may have – es­pe­cially in terms of right-of-way ac­qui­si­tion and the pos­si­ble ef­fect of the project to the peo­ple’s liveli­hood,” the com­pany ex­plained.

Es­sen­tially, NGCP noted that this will sup­port the wheel­ing of ca­pac­ity from the 420-megawatt Pag­bi­lao coal-fired plant which is now op­er­at­ing com­mer­cially; and the 500MW San Bue­naven­tura Power coal-fired fa­cil­ity which is tar­geted on-line next year.

This project will also be a break­through for the 600-megawatt liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas-fired power plant in Pag­bi­lao – that had been marred with de­lays for years be­cause of trans­mis­sion fa­cil­ity dilem­mas.

NGCP stressed “with over 1,500MW of power com­ing into the grid once these plants are on-line, we need a new gate­way of power in Que­zon prov­ince which can fully ac­com­mo­date all these.”

The com­pany said the Pag­bi­lao sub­sta­tion “will help ease volt­age and load is­sues of nearby sub­sta­tions like Tayabas and fur­ther en­hance trans­mis­sion of power not only in Que­zon prov­ince, but in the en­tire Lu­zon grid.”

Apart from the new sub­sta­tion’s con­struc­tion, the project will also cover ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing 500kV Tayabas sub­sta­tion.

“This ex­pan­sion will ad­dress the prob­lem of over­load­ing of the Tayabas 500/230-kV trans­form­ers and fault level is­sues,” the com­pany said. (MMV)

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