• NGCP ‘critical’ line projects nearing completion

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    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is close to completing some of its “critical” transmission line projects this year.

    During the 34th Annual General Membership Meeting of Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Inc. (Philreca) held on Wednesday, it was mentioned in the speech of the NGCP chief official that there are indeed some transmission line projects that are up for completion this year.

    NGCP President Henry T. Sy Jr., in a speech read for him by special assistant to the president, Joseph Ferdinand Dechavez, said that the grid operator is pursuing the implementation of projects like the Colon-Cebu 138-kilovolt (KV) transmission to mitigate the impact of line rental charges on customers in Bohol and Panay. The project is set for completion in December 2013.

    In Mindanao, he said that the Balo-i-Villanueva-Maramag transmission project will also be finished in December, completing the Mindanao 230-kV Transmission Backbone which links northern and southern Mindanao.

    Sy also said that the second circuit of the Butuan-Placer 138-Kv transmission project, that will provide power supply to mining operations in Northeastern Mindanao, will soon be implemented as well.

    More transmission lines and upgrading are also due for completion in 2014, Sy said, citing the Lumban-Bay 230-kV transmission line in Laguna and the Opol Substation Project in Mindanao as among them.

    Moreover, NGCP said that it is currently waiting for regulatory issuance of the provisional authority for the Agus 6 Switchyard Upgrading and Rehabilitation Project, which was filed in January 2013.

    It is scheduled to be completed in November 2015.

    The project, according to the firm, will connect Agus 6 and 7 hydropower plants to the grid that will contribute to the stability of power supply in Mindanao.

    To accommodate entry of the 300-megawatt Davao coal-fired plant that will address the power supply shortage in Mindanao, NGCP also expects the approval of the accelerated implementation of the Toril substation and the upgrading of Toril-Davao 138-kV line, a project programmed for completion in 2015.

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