NGCP courts ERC’s nod on Cebu-Negros-Panay Project Stage 1

BACOLOD CITY, April 4 (PNA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has recently filed an application seeking the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the implementation of Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) 230-kilovolt (kV) Backbone Project.

NGCP said the provisional authority from ERC to implement the Stage 1 of the interconnection project will ensure overall reliability of the Visayas grid.

The Stage 1 of the CNP project involves the installation of additional submarine cables in the Negros-Panay submarine cable interconnection, construction of overhead transmission lines, and expansion of Barotac Viejo Substation, E.B Magalona Cable Terminal Station (CTS), and Bacolod Substation.

NGCP said the CNP project is intended to address potential overloading of the Negros-Panay and Bacolod-Magalona lines due to the addition of generation plants in Panay Island by 2016.

Based on NGCP’s 2011 Transmission Development Plan (TDP), ten generating plants will be constructed in the Panay Island by 2016, with a total capacity of 491 megawatts (MW).

This increase in capacity will cause significant excess in generated power in the island hence, the need for new transmission lines to export the excess power to other islands in the Visayas.

The project will also extend the existing 230-kV transmission corridor from Compostela Substation in Cebu towards Panay through a combination of submarine cables and overhead transmission lines which will pass through Negros Island.

Once completed, the project is seen to add a total of 238 circuit kilometers (ckm) of transmission lines to NGCP’s facilities.

NGCP Spokesperson and Head of Corporate Communications Atty. Cynthia Perez-Alabanza spoke of the company’s high hopes for the approval of the project.

“NGCP’s goals are always geared towards increasing the stability and reliability of the grid. Our long-term plans include uniting the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao grid. This CNP project will move our cause one step towards that goal,” she said.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid.

It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines and towers, substations and related assets. (PNA)



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