NGCP working on P130 billion interconnection projects

Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is working on major interconnection projects worth over P130 billion.

NGCP said the interconnection projects are aimed at building an integrated grid to be called One Grid Philippines.

These include the P47.8-billion stages 2 and 3 of the Cebu-Negros-Panay interconnection project which will establish a 230-kilovolt (kV) backbone to accommodate the transmission of excess power from Panay and Negros towards the rest of Visayas.

To address the growing demand in Boracay Island and provide additional capacity to support the ongoing developments, pre-construction activities are also underway for the P8.5-billion Nabas-Caticlan-Boracay transmission line project.

NGCP is also in the pre-construction stage for the P2.4 billion Panay-Guimaras 138-kV transmission line.

To maintain the continuous transmission of power towards the major load centers in Mandaue and Mactan during N-1 condition, the P1.9-billion Cebu-Lapu Lapu 230-kV transmission line project is currently being undertaken, with survey and right-of-way activities ongoing.

Another major interconnection is the P19.8 billion Cebu-Bohol 230-kV interconnection project, which, upon completion, will address overloading issues and enable sharing of power between the two islands, especially the growing demand in Bohol.  It will eventually form part of the Leyte-Bohol 230kV loop system.

To support the government’s vision to have a unified Philippine grid, construction is ongoing for the P51.7 billion Mindanao-Visayas interconnection project, slated for completion in December 2020.

NGCP said other future interconnection projects include the Batangas-Mindoro interconnection project, Laray-Cordova 230-kV transmission line project, Bataan-Cavite interconnection project, Bataan-Pasay interconnection project, and the Palawan-Mindoro interconnection project

“The only way to forward this vision of a fully interconnected and integrated transmission system is to keep investing in the transmission grid. These projects will greatly benefit the country, energizing the entire archipelago even up to the farthest islands.

This will also prepare the entire Philippine grid for the integration to the proposed ASEAN Power Grid, promoting power sharing and optimization of generation capacity within the region,” NGCP said.

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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