The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has expanded its transmission line network in Eastern Visayas with the addition of a major transmission line and the upgrade of two substations.
NGCP completed Line 2 of the Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kiloVolt (kV) transmission line, a crucial addition to the Eastern Visayas transmission portfolio.
Line 2 of Ormoc-Babatngon 138kV line was successfully energized in December, reinforcing power transmission delivery in the Leyte and Samar provinces.
NGCP said that with the energization of the second circuit, the transmission services in the area would now become more reliable and prolonged power interruptions would be minimized or avoided altogether. Before the second circuit was energized, the line was originally only a single circuit. Thus, outages along the line, planned or unplanned, have resulted in a loss of power for all Samar provinces, which rely heavily on power supply from other islands.
NGCP also upgraded the Ormoc and Babatngon substations to serve the increased capacity of the line.
The project, with an ERC-approved project cost of P697.6 million, paves the way for a stronger transmission corridor from geothermal plants and other generating capacities in Leyte to Samar Island.
The Ormoc-Babatngon line serves five customers, particularly the Leyte Electric Cooperative, Inc. II (LEYECO II), Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. I and II (SAMELCO I and II), Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ESAMELCO), and Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO), which cover parts of Leyte and the provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar.
“It is part of NGCP’s commitment to continually upgrade and improve the country’s transmission network, especially with the increasing demand for power year on year. The energization of the second circuit of the Ormoc-Babatngon 138kV transmission line will greatly benefit our customers in Eastern Visayas. Our customers can be assured that we are working on more projects to improve our network nationwide and deliver quality services to our people,” NGCP said. (MMV)