THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is seeking regulatory approval to build a new substation in Pasay City as it anticipates increased power demand in the area.
The power grid operator has applied for a provisional authority from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to construct a new 230-kiloVolt (kV) substation and connect it to the existing Las Piñas substation through an 8.1-kilometer overhead transmission line.
The proposed project will be located within the reclamation area in Pasay City and will be housed inside a two-story building, along with other associated substation control and protection system.
“One of the major considerations for the project is growth in power demand in the Metro Manila area,” the NGCP said in a statement.
“This project is also in compliance with the N-1 contingency requirement of the Philippine Grid Code,” said NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy Jr.
The N-1 contingency is the ability of the grid to withstand the loss of a major system component with minimal disruption in the system.
NGCP aims to start pre-construction activities in 2014 to meet its target completion date in 2018.
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 an interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.
NGCP’s regular maintenance activities, expansion, and upgrading projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to grid-connected customers like generators, distributors, and large industries.