National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the power grid operator, has lent a new 20-megavolt ampere (MVA) transformer unit to Cebu II Electric Cooperative (Cebeco II) to maintain the quality of power for electricity consumers in Northern Cebu.
The grid operator quickly responded to an emergency request from Cebeco II, following the sudden breakdown of a 10-MVA transformer in the local utility’s Cogon Substation in Compostela, Cebu last September 17. Since the procurement a new transformer typically takes six to eight months, NGCP promptly granted Cebeco II’s request to loan a back-up transformer stored at its Cebu Substation. Apart from assisting in transporting the equipment to Compostela, NGCP also extended its support by conducting a technical evaluation and commissioning of the transformer, which successfully energized the equipment on the afternoon of September 26.
“The reliable and efficient delivery of electricity from the generators to the end-consumer depends both on the grid operator and the distribution utilities. We are always ready to support them to ensure that everyone gets the power needed to run industries and commercial establishments, and meet household needs,” NGCP stressed.
NGCP’s assistance will allow the power in the Northern Cebu franchise area of Cebeco II to normalize. About 12,000 residential, industrial, and commercial power consumers in the area will benefit from this arrangement.
“By giving assistance to Cebeco II, we further contribute to a stronger power industry, to the benefit of end-consumers. The power industry, though composed of various stakeholders, is a single entity, and the support we give to our partners will ultimately benefit the entire country,” NGCP added.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.