By Myrna M. Velasco
Concessionaire-firm National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has lined up several projects that are aimed at reinforcing and expanding the network of power transmission facilities for Mindanao grid.
The blueprinted projects are part of the company’s Mindanao Substation Upgrading Project (MSUP) which will then support the load growth in that supply-swamped power grid.
“NGCP moves a step forward in ensuring the reliability and quality of power which is transmitted to distribution utilities, and in turn to homes, businesses, and industries in Mindanao,” the transmission firm said.
From energy scarcity in the past 4-5 years, Mindanao is now teeming with electricity supply – but economic growth in the area is also seen treading on a robust path.
NGCP indicated its pipelined projects for Mindanao are among those cast as “priority” ventures – and these are targeted for completion this 2019 until next year.
It said these projects will provide “additional substation capacity and keeps up with potential load growth in the Mindanao region.”
Just recently, the company reported it installed a total of 90-megavolt ampere reactive (MVAR) capacity in seven substations – chiefly those on Nabunturan, San Francisco, Maco, Placer, Butuan, General Santos, and Tacurong substations.
“The additional substation capacity which we installed will help in boosting voltage in these areas, and will help prevent unnecessary power interruptions,” the company explained.
In addition, the transmission firm energized the Maramag-Bunawan 230 kilovolt (kV) lines 1 and 2, as well as two new power transformers in Bunawan substation – and these facilities are aligned as “part of NGCP’s larger Mindanao 230-kV backbone project,” due for completion January next year.
“The project is critical as it will ensure stable and continuous power from north to southern Mindanao,” NGCP said.