NGCP announces proposed major power transmission projects

THE Cebu-Negros-Panay 230 KV Backbone in the Visayas is one of six major transmission backbone and interconnection projects in the country that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has proposed for an accelerated roll out in support to efforts to meet the energy needs of the country.

This and the other projects are in line with the long-term development plan of the country, which is presently anchored on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.

NGCP said in its in-house publication “Transmissions” that they are pushing for the accelerated implementation of the proposed projects in order to help address major challenges to the country’s main transmission grids.

This is in view of what NGCP called as the “aggressive construction timelines of new power plants, including those tapping Renewable Energy (RE) sources, which require grid reinforcements.”

The project will put in place a stronger transmission backbone and unified grid interconnected via the High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system.

The other proposed transmission backbone and interconnection projects are the following: Laoag-Bangui and Tuguegarao-Magapit Segments in northern Luzon; Hermosa-Castillejos-Masinloc Line in the western Luzon backbone; Antipolo EHV, Pasay and Manila substations and Hermosa-San Jose Line in metro Manila; Batangas-Mindoro Interconnection; and, Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection.

NGCP also took into account the 2012 Power Development Program Update of the Department of Energy (DOE) wherein an additional generation capacity of 9,603.5 megawatts (MW) is expected to go online during the period covering 2012-2021.

Of this additional capacity, 8312.5 MW will come from conventional plants while RE-based plants will account for 1,291.0 MW.

In pushing for these projects, NGCP also took into account other considerations such as the heavy loading and space limitations in existing substations serving the main load centers, thus requiring the construction of new substations and transmission lines, as well as right-of-way acquisition.

The projects are part of NGCP’s Transmission Development Plan, which is aligned with the government’s energy program. These will be implemented by stages subject to the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). (PIA)

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