NGCP starts Mindanao metering preparations

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Transmission service provider and grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has started metering preparations, among others, for the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM).

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Besides developing the online program for the submission and management of generators-load customers’ capacity nomination, generation scheduling and data provision, NGCP said that it has started speeding up the installation of WESM-compliant revenue metering facilities among its directly connected grid customers.

According to NGCP, it has installed 26 IMEM-ready metering facilities among its 15 grid-connected generator customers with 36 metering points.

However, Emmanuel Sotomil, NGCP metering services head, said that the power grid operator is still facing a major challenge in dealing with the Agus 6 complex, where five metering facilities still need to be installed.

He explained that in this case, large instrument transformers will have to be hauled, mounted on pedestals, then tapped to high-voltage overhead lines.

NGCP has been coordinating with the power plant owner-operator National Power Corp. (Napocor) because the lines should be de-energized, and some of the plant generating units should be shut down for the installation to be completed.

Among its 53 grid-connected load customers (i.e. distribution utilities and nondistribution utilities) with 184 metering points, NGCP already installed 180 IMEM-ready metering facilities.

Yet to be installed are metering facilities inside two military camps in Iligan and Napocor’s Regional Office and its Ditucalan Complex, both also located in Iligan, it added.

Moreover, NGCP said that it is also working on its website that can be used to upload and download generators, and load customers’ capacity nomination data and schedules for the use of all players in the electricity market in Mindanao.

This, according to the Henry Sy-led firm, is in support of the Department of Energy’s efforts to deliver sustainable solutions to stabilize the Mindanao power situation.

In a circular, the energy department ordered the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. to develop and implement an interim electricity market specifically designed for the Mindanao grid, which has been experiencing brownouts due to a power supply deficit.

The commercial operation of the IMEM is scheduled to commence on September 26. Trial operation has been ongoing since August 26.

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