NGCP seeks ERC OK of Navotas substation

by Lenie LecturaAugust 20, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has sought the  Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approval for its 230-kilovolt (kV) substation project in Navotas City.

The project, which costs P4.26 billion, will provide “the much- needed physical space” for future capacity expansion simultaneous with load growth, the company said.

This will be linked to the existing Marilao-Quezon 230-kV transmission line, and will complement the three other substations currently serving the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

“Due to the continuously increasing power demands of the Metro Manila, the substations serving the region suffer from spatial limitations, as well as heavy loading conditions,” the company said in its filing.

The installation of additional transformer or development of new substations is essential in order to meet its transmission-capacity requirements,” NGCP said.

The grid operator said that existing substations within the area could no longer be expanded to accommodate additional transformers. As such, building new substations is the only feasible solution to address the increasing power demands of Metro Manila.

It added that without a new substation, there will be overloading issues.

The ERC, in its 21-page order, approved NGCP’s application, provided its project shall be subject “to optimization and proper classification based on its actual use and implementation.”

Further, NGCP was required to conduct a competitive bidding for the purchase of major materials in the implementation of the proposed project; and to pay a permit fee of P31,879,130.