New Pag­bi­lao sub­sta­tion boosts ca­pac­ity in Que­zon

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS -

With large ca­pac­ity gen­er­a­tion be­ing built to ad­dress the ris­ing de­mand for power, the Na­tional Grid Corp. of the Philip­pines (NGCP) is also gear­ing up to sup­port the en­try of these power gen­er­a­tion units to the grid.

The Pag­bi­lao 500-kilo­Volt (kV) Sub­sta­tion Project is one of NGCP’s ef­forts to ad­dress trans­mis­sion is­sues in Que­zon province and ac­com­mo­date in­com­ing power gen­er­a­tion, which in­clude the 420-megawatt (MW) Pag­bi­lao Coal-Fired Power Plant Ex­pan­sion, 500-MW San Bue­naven­tura Power Coal-Fired Power Plant, and 600-MW En­ergy World Corp. Com­bined-Cy­cle Power Plant, among oth­ers.

“With over 1500 MW of power com­ing into the grid once these plants are on­line, we need a new gate­way of power in the Que­zon province which can fully ac­com­mo­date all these. The Pag­bi­lao 500kV 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 as well,” NGCP said.

Along with the con­struc­tion of the new sub­sta­tion, the project will also in­volve the ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing Tayabas 500kV Sub­sta­tion. This ex­pan­sion will ad­dress the prob­lem of over­load­ing of the Tayabas 500/230kV trans­form­ers and fault level is­sues.

NGCP just com­pleted a se­ries of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions with the lo­cal govern­ment of Pag­bi­lao and the com­mu­ni­ties to be af­fected by the project. 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-ofway ac­qui­si­tion and the pos­si­ble ef­fect of the project to the peo­ples’ liveli­hood. Should there be no fur­ther de­lays, the project is set to com­mence con­struc­tion by the last quar­ter of the year.

The coun­try’s trans­mis­sion net­work op­er­a­tor ap­peals for the sup­port of the pub­lic. “We hope that with the co­op­er­a­tion of the LGU, other re­lated govern­ment agen­cies, and host com­mu­ni­ties, we will be able to fast-track the project’s im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­able a stronger power trans­mis­sion back­bone in South­ern Lu­zon,” the com­pany stated.

The project, with an ERCap­proved cost of P4.016 bil­lion, is tar­geted for com­ple­tion by March 2020.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, pri­vately owned com­pany in charge of op­er­at­ing, main­tain­ing, and de­vel­op­ing the coun­try’s power grid, led by ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers Henry Sy Jr. and Robert Coy­i­uto Jr.

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