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National Grid set to complete transmission line projects

By Alena Mae S. Flores | Aug. 08, 2013 at 12:01am
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said it is in the final stages of completing new transmission line projects, including those being upgraded to handle higher electricity volume.

National Grid special assistant to the president Joseph  Ferdinand Dechavez said some critical transmission lines and upgrading projects were expected to be completed by end of the year.

Dechavez spoke on behalf of National Grid president Henry Sy Jr. during the 34th Meeting of Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Inc. Wednesday.

He said National Grid was pursuing the implementation of projects such as the Colon-Cebu 138-kilovolt transmission project to mitigate the impact of line rental charges on customers in Bohol and Panay.

“This will reinforce the Cebu backbone which is transmitting the 246 MW of CEDC Coal and the 200 MW of KSPC Coal Power Plants to electric cooperatives in  Cebu and in Bohol,” he said.

He said the Visayan Electric Co., Bohol Electric Cooperative I, Mactan Enerzone Corporation, General Milling Corporation and the Waterfront Hotel  and Casino would benefit from the project once it was completed by December 2013.

Dechavez said in Mindanao, the Balo-i-Villanueva-Maramag transmission project would be finished in December, completing the Mindanao 230-kV transmission backbone which links northern and southern Mindanao.

He said the second circuit of the Butuan-Placer 138-kV  transmission project would also be implemented to provide power supply to mining operations in  northeastern part of Mindanao.

The National Grid executive said more transmission lines and upgrading were also due for completion in 2014, including the Lumban-Bay 230-kV transmission line and the Opol substation project.

The Lumban Bay 230-kV transmission line in Laguna is being upgraded to 2,400 MVA from  600 MVA and is targeted for completion by June 2014.

Dechavez said the project would provide an alternate highway to more than 2,000 MW capacity presently connected to the 230-kV system in Batangas.

“Once completed, the Calaca substation will no longer be the single merging node in the area, therefore, major grid disturbances affecting the Luzon Grid can be  averted,” Sy said.
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