The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) plans to build a new 17kilometer power transmission line in Central Luzon to ease the looming congestion of the current power line serving Bataan and Pampanga.
The country’s grid operator said the proposed P237 million Hermosa-Floridablanca line will back up the congested 69-kiloVolt (kV) Hermosa-Guagua transmission line.
The NGCP is seeking approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to implement the high-priority project.
It said the existing Hermosa-Guagua line currently serves Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (PELCO II), which is forecast to significantly increase in peak load by 2020.
“NGCP will prioritize the construction of the Hermosa—Floridablanca transmission line in order to prevent overloading of the Hermosa-Guagua line, which has also exceeded its maximum asset life of 50 years,” said NGCP president and chief executive officer Henry Sy Jr.
“While the line can still meet the customer’s current power requirements, we are looking to ensure that it will maintain that level of reliability with the continuing increase of both power demand and supply,” he added.
The project will also address the Hermosa-Guagua line’s N-1 contingency requirement, which would test the ability of the grid to withstand the loss of a major system component with minimal disruption in the system.
Estimated to cost around P237 million, the project is set to be implemented within a period of 36 months.
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.