NGCP taps Chinese transmission expert

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to further improve the country’s power transmission with the help of a China-based research facility.

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NGCP, the country’s power grid operator, recently forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Nuclear Electric Power Planning Design and Research Institute, a research facility on transmission and substation design in China.

The MOU, which will span three years, aims to establish strategic cooperation between the research institute and the Philippine grid operator in terms of engineering design and construction of future transmission lines and substation projects. Also, the partnership is expected to help both parties deal with current issues and advancements in electric power technologies.

Henry Sy Jr., NGCP president and chief executive officer, said that the partnership is a very timely undertaking as the grid operator is in the process of rehabilitating transmission facilities in the Visayas, which were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“We are hopeful that with our combined technical know-how, NGCP can improve and strengthen the transmission backbone in the said area to withstand future calamities of greater magnitude and intensity,” Sy said.

On November 21, NGCP further deepened its network in China after receiving assistance from the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) for the restoration of transmission lines that were affected by Yolanda. SGCC is a shareholder and technical partner of NGCP.

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