THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) on Friday energized the 32-kilometer, 69 kilovolt transmission line—Codon to Virac—and the 10 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) Virac substation in Bato, Catanduanes.
In a ceremonial switch-on, the state-owned Napocor said the facilities were expected to lower the incidence of
power outages, improve power quality, and reduce system losses of the distribution utility in the province, First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative.
Napocor President and Chief Executive Officer Pio Benavidez led the groundbreaking ceremony of the 5 MVA Codon substation in San Andres. He said securing a more dependable and resilient transmission line would support the increasing power demand in the area.
“This will consequently heighten the province’s economic activities and rural tourism, thereby increasing productivity and uplifting the quality of life of Filipinos, which are the primary goals of the Duterte administration,” Benavidez said.
Among Napocor’s projects in the pipeline are the 16-km, 69 kV transmission line—Virac-to-San Miguel—and a 5 MVA substation in the municipality of San Miguel.
The San Miguel substation anticipates the future connection point for the newly built Solong Diesel Power Plant of Sunwest Water and Electric Co. Inc.
The projects are part of the Energy Department’s Missionary Electrification Development Plan and form part of the proposed backbone transmission system in Catanduanes to ensure more reliable electricity supply in the province, especially in load centers in Virac and San Andres.
Napocor, which runs a small power plant in the Palumbanes Island, is responsible for providing power and the associated delivery systems in areas not connected to the main grid.