by Myrna Velasco, 20 April 2015
from Manila Bulletin
Owing it to the scheduled commercial operation of the two-phased South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC) coal plant, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been prompted to seek ‘reclassification’ of one of its Batangas transmission assets that will wheel to the grid the generated electricity of the new plant.
In its filing with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the transmission firm has noted that the facility must be re-classified because it will no longer be serving just a single load customer.
The Salong-Calaca 230-kilovolt line and the new Salong substation, it was noted, will now cater to both the SLTEC coal plant and that of the electricity service needs of Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation.
“Considering that the Salong-Calaca 230 kilovolt line and the new Salong 230kV station, including all of the associated equipment, will be used by SLTEC to deliver power to the grid and by SAMC to draw power from the grid, it is imperative that the subject assets be re-classified to full transmission assets,” NGCP has noted.
The regulatory body thus scheduled the public hearing on the transmission firm’s bid for asset reclassification on May 12 this year.
“It prays that the petition be granted and the Salong-Calaca 230kV line, the new Salong 230kV substation and all associated equipment of both assets, be reclassified as transmission assets, and its ownership and operation be turned over to NGCP,” the transmission company has reiterated.