New NGCP projects to boost Region 2 supply

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: To meet rapidly growing local power demand, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is constructing major power line projects costing close to a billion pesos in the Cagayan Valley region, including the expansion of existing sub-stations.

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“The new projects of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines are being implemented in the region to further maintain and improve the stability of power in the region’s power grid,” NGCP public relations for Northern Luzon Lilibeth Gaydowen said.

Gaydowen said the major ongoing projects in the region involve the construction of a P946.48 million-worth 230kV Line 2 from Santiago City to Tuguegarao City – a 118 circuit-kilometer line with a total of 335 steel towers, in addition to the expansion of the two cities’ respective sub-stations.

“Our target date of completion, which was December this year, [has been]adjusted; [now it is]estimated to be completed in April next year, due to right of way issues,” she said.

Another 230kV power line, spanning Tuguegarao City to Magapit in Lallo town, Cagayan, is in its preparatory works.

The Tuguegarao-Lallo project is expected to improve the reliability of transmission, which should benefit the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan in Region 2, including Kalinga and Apayao provinces.

Similarly, the newly completed upgrade of the Bayombong sub-station, with the installation of an additional 75 MVA transformer, is primarily to accommodate the increase of power demand in Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya, especially with the operation of two mining companies namely, OceanaGold Corp. in Kasibu town and FCF Minerals Corp. in Quezon town.

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