ERC okays NGCP’s Mindanao 230-kV transmission project

by Lenie LecturaAugust 30, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the application of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the implementation of its Mindanao 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission backbone project.

The project will enable transmission facilities traversing the northern to the southern corridors of Mindanao to accommodate the entry of new power plants and allow existing power plants to be dispatched at their respective maximum capacities and transmitted throughout Mindanao to solve line congestion and load curtailment.

“The approval of the 230-kV transmission backbone project will ensure sufficiency of supply, the reliability of power system and the power transfer in the Mindanao grid,” ERC Chairman and CEO Jose Vicente B. Salazar said.

In line with the approval of the project, an additional 2,400 megawatt (MW) of generation capacity is expected to be injected in the various parts of northern and southern Mindanao by new generation facilities, particularly FDC Misamis Power Corp., GN Power Coal Plant, Therma South Coal, SMC Davao Coal and Southern Mindanao Power Plant.

This development prompted NGCP to upgrade and expand its transmission facilities to meet the transmission requirements of the Mindanao grid.

The approval of the project is also in line with prior approvals granted by the ERC, such as Malita-Matanao 230-kV transmission line project in November 2014 and the Baloi-Kauswagan-Aurora 230-kV transmission line project Phase 1 in June 2015.

The Malita-Matanao project, initially energized at 138 kV, was proposed to be increased to 230-kV to join the Matano-Toril-Bunawan 230-kV line and relieve the overloading of the existing Davao-Toril-Matanao 138 kV transmission line. The Baloi-Kauswagan-Aurora project, on the other hand, will accommodate the output of GNPower’s proposed coal-fired power plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, up to 2018.