NGCP installs capacitor banks in substations to help improve voltage regulation in Luzon

By Lenie Lectura – May 24, 2019
from Business Mirror

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has installed 10 capacitor banks in its substations to improve voltage regulation in Luzon.

The 10 capacitor banks, which have a combined capacity of 875 MegaVolt Ampere Reactive (MVAR), was energized in six NGCP substations.

Energized on March 22 was a 100-MVAR capacitor bank in its San Jose substation.

The following day, a 50-MVAR capacitor bank was energized in NGCP’s Cabanatuan substation.

Another 100-MVAR capacitor bank was installed and energized in NGCP’s San Jose substation on March 30, while a 25-MVAR capacitor bank was commissioned in NGCP’s Tuguegarao substation on the same day.

On April 7, the NGCP energized 100-MVAR capacitor banks in its Mexico and Binan substations, while two more capacitor banks in the Dasmariñas substation were energized on April 8 and April 14.

A 100-MVAR capacitor bank in the Biñan substation and 50-MVAR capacitor bank in Mexico substation were also energized on April 18 and April 30, respectively.

“Through the installation of these capacitor banks, we are able to ensure the quality of power which is transmitted through our lines, especially during the summer season, where the peak period of the Luzon grid for the year is usually recorded,” the NGCP said.

The NGCP is also set to complete the upgrade of two or more capacitor banks in its Mexico and Cabanatuan substations.

“We are committed to keep the transmission network in optimal working capacity, which is why these capacitor banks are important to us. Once we complete the energization of these projects, voltage conditions will increase, and we will be able to prevent major system disturbances,” the NGCP said.

The NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.