By Myrna M. Velasco
After shelling out an investment of P316 million, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) was able to reinforce the wheeling of power capacity along Pampanga routes with the completion of the 69-kilovolt Hermosa-Floridablanca transmission line project.
The line had been energized February 28 this year. Getting that concretized, according to the transmission firm, “will prevent the overloading of existing and aging Hermosa-Guagua 69kV line.”
As explained by NGCP, “due to the load growth in the area, the 53-year old existing line cannot accommodate the heavy loading conditions,” and such could also cause worse problems in the long run.
It thus noted that “a new line was required to ensure the reliability of power transmission services.”
The P316 million capital outlay for the project had been part of those greenlighted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) as energy projects of national significance for NGCP.
In a power system configuration where redundancy is required to avoid unwanted power outages, the transmission company expounded that the newly completed transmission line project will provide N-1 contingency to its capacity wheeling paths – meaning, that will provide the grid the ability to “withstand a major system disturbance with minimal disruption in the system.”
The transmission firm emphasized that “with the new line in place, NGCP will be able to better service the franchise area of the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative.”
The next phases of transmission facilities’ reinforcement ventures taking off from NGCP’s project blueprints will be in other parts of the Luzon grid.
The company said it is pursuing reliability projects, including the 500-kilovolt Western Luzon backbone project that will require the installation of a new transmission corridor.
In another Central Luzon domain, NGCP is advancing the 230kV Bataan reinforcement project, targeting to service power customers in that provinces as well as nearby areas and to accommodate load growth in these respective service domains.
Up north, the transmission firm is also pushing for the implementation of the 69kV Nagsaag-Tumana transmission line project – which will help bolster up the transmission of capacity along zones that will be traversed by the power line.