• Bohol gets power boost a year after earthquake

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    POWER supply in Bohol is now assured following the completion of a backbone transmission project on the island a year after it was devastated by a strong quake.

    THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said it has completed its flagship project in the Visayas, the Bohol Backbone Transmission Project (BBTP), which should be good news to all Boholanos and to the island’s agriculture, tourism, and business services sectors.

    The project involves the installation and construction of 92.3 circuit- kilometers of 138-kiloVolt (kV) overhead transmission lines from Ubay Town to Corella Town and nine circuit-kilometers of 69-kV transmission lines from Corella to Cortes Town utilizing steel tower and steel pole structures.

    Expansion of the Ubay Substation and construction of a new 100-megavolt ampere (MVA) substation in Corella are also part of the project.

    NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy, Jr. said the project aims to accommodate load growth and address low voltage limitations on the island, improve the system reliability and operational flexibility, and extend service to previously un-electrified areas in Bohol.

    “This project is for our customers in Bohol and the whole Visayas. A stronger and more reliable power grid is necessary to efficiently and safely transmit electricity from the power plants to the local distribution utilities, down to the household consumers,” Sy said.

    By completing this project, NGCP continues to fully transmit the electricity produced by power generators in Bohol, and is prepared for future growth.

    “We will not stop here. We will reinforce the high-voltage transmission backbone in more areas throughout the country to ensure that the power grid remains secure and reliable,” he added.

    NGCP is a privately-owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through power superhighways that include an interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.

    The consortium, which holds a 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr. and Calaca High Power Corp. led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., along with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.

    NGCP’s concession contract is for the operation and maintenance of power transmission facilities.

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