THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is all set to switch on its upgraded Dasmariñas substation in Cavite.
NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy Jr. led key members of the grid operators’ management team in inspecting the soon-to-be energized 600 megavolt ampere (MVA) transformer at its Dasmariñas substation.
The new power transformer is part of the Dasmariñas substation expansion project, which will increase the capacity of the facility.
According to the NGCP, this will address the load growth of NGCP customers, particularly in the franchise area of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
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” including the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.
The consortium holds a 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network and 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 Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.
Meanwhile, the NGCP reported that it has applied to build a P9.68-billion extra high-voltage (EHV) substation project in Taguig.
The proposed project will be located along a gravel road connected to C-6 Road in Barangay Sta. Ana in the city.
In its application filed on August 29, the NGCP asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for authorization to build the substation and two new transmission lines that will connect to the Luzon grid.
According to the NGCP, the project will help improve the reliability of power supply in Metro Manila, which accounts for about 53 percent of the Luzon grid’s total demand.
“The project will address the severe low voltage issue in the 230-kV substations within Metro Manila, which is brought about by the single-circuit configuration of the existing transmission line and heavy loading condition,” NGCP said.
Metro Manila’s power is being imported from generating plants located elsewhere in Luzon, with the electricity delivered to the capital through various 230-kV and 500-kV transmission corridors.