To strengthen the transmission corridor in Eastern and Western Visayas, the country’s power grid operator is planning to construct a second circuit of the Ormoc-Babatngon 130-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.
The project involves the construction of 78.54 kilometers of overhead transmission lines and installation of necessary upgrade equipment at the Ormoc and Babatngon Substations, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported on Monday.
Expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014, the project has an Energy Regulatory Commission-approved cost of P697.62 million.
Though located in Leyte, NGCP noted that the overhead transmission line is the sole corridor which directs power supply from the generators in Leyte to Samar.
“For the often typhoon-stricken province of Samar, a steady supply of electricity is important to ensure the island’s continuous growth and recovery from disasters,” NGCP said.
Like Bohol Island, Samar is heavily dependent on the power generated from the Leyte Geothermal Fields received through the Ormoc substation. An unplanned outage in the existing Ormoc-Babatangon 138-kV line connected to the Ormoc Substation will result in a blackout on Samar Island.
“Samar Island relies on this line to meet the power demands of the province as it has no existing internal generator. NGCP will add a second circuit to the Ormoc-Babatngon line to ensure that all available power supply from Leyte will be transmitted smoothly to Samar,” Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson, said.
The grid operator also expects the project to address the future demand growth of Tacloban City, which is served by local electric cooperative Leyeco II.
Madelaine B. Miraflor