After seven years of delay, the National Power Corp. (Napocor) will proceed with the construction of the remaining five kilometers of the 111-kilometer power line connecting Puerto Princesa to Roxas in Palawan.
Bidding for the project, estimated at P154 million, will be held in April.
The project was suspended in 2007 because of right of way issues, but the proposed re-routing of the transmission line project will now proceed with the approval of both the Napocor and the concerned private landowner.
The re-routing will require changing the site of two constructed transmission towers with four pole structures.
This is estimated to cost P30 million and will involve stringing, right of way clearing, cutting of mangroves, tightening of bolts and replacing pilfered materials.
“We are looking into long standoff projects of Napocor to come up with acceptable arrangements with the parties involved to be able to promote a more reliable supply of electricity to missionary areas,” Napocor President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita said.
Both Puerto Princesa and Roxas have independent grids to supply residents with electricity through the connecting transmission line.
Other than Palawan, Napocor is also responsible for the transmission system of five other provinces namely Catanduanes, Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Masbate and Marinduque.