NGCP raises new ROW concern in Luzon grid

by Myrna Velasco – May 9, 2016

from Manila Bulletin

Transmission firm National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is hobbled with another right-of-way (ROW) concern on deliberately planted trees and claimed that this is now a threat to Luzon power grid.

In a statement to the media, the firm noted that “despite repeated efforts to negotiate with landowners…NGCP was denied entry into the property to trim intentionally planted trees underneath transmission facilities.”

The company stressed “this poses a threat to the transmission of electricity to Central Luzon power customers.”

The alarm bells were raised primarily at the holding of the country’s national and local elections that is culminating this week.

The company indicated that “the untrimmed trees are along Cabanatuan-San Isidro 69 kV (kilovolt) lines 1 and 2; and Mexico-Cabanatuan 230kV line.”

It was further noted that such traversed the property of Hernal family along Barangay Soledad in Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecjia. This is the party that has been refusing NGCP an access to their property. “NGCP’s best efforts to enlist the help of the PNP (Philippine National Police) and Comelec (Commission on Elections) proved futile as NGCP was still barred from conducting the maintenance activities inside the property” the transmission firm said.

It further opined that “with the Comelec-issued resolution, we were given legal cover to access the transmission facilities and begin the clearing of trees that may hamper the transmission of electricity.”

Nevertheless, the company emphasized that “these uncooperative landowners are resisting our efforts” – referring to planned tree-trimming or cutting activities.

NGCP explained that “the intentional planting of trees and plants underneath transmission lines may cause power outage that only burdens the public, which must suffer through these service interruptions when lines trip.”