THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said it is on track with the construction of its Sta. Barbara substation in Barangay Balingeo, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan which is being built to ease the load on two older substations amid rising power demand in the province.
NGCP said the substation is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The substation will accommodate the load growth of three electricity cooperatives — Dagupan Electric Co. (DECORP), Pangasinan Electric Cooperative 1 (PANELCO I) and Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (CENPELCO).
Earlier reports said the 100-megavolt ampere (MVA) substation has a total project cost of P173 million and is being built on a seven-hectare lot.
The power grid operator said the Sta. Barbara substation will comply with the N-1 contingency requirement of the Philippine Grid Code
NGCP also continues to support the education of Filipino students with its recent turnover of a two-classroom building in Cablong Elementary School in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan.
Completed just in time for the opening of classes in June, the classrooms will accommodate two sections of kindergarten and Grade 6.
The school is expecting a total of 340 pupils this school year. Another one-classroom building of NGCP in Balingeo Elementary School, also in Sta. Barbara, is expected to be completed this year.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, NGCP regularly and actively gives back to communities that host its facilities.
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 power transmission network is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corp. led by Robert Coyiuto Jr., and the State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) as technical partner.