NGCP to rehabilitate North Samar transmission line

by Lenie Lectura – December 3, 2015

from Business Mirror

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Thursday it would soon rehabilitate the 69-kiloVolt (kV) Palanas-Cara-Catarman transmission line.

Once the line is rehabilitated, customers in Northern Samar can expect more secure and reliable power- transmission services by early 2016.

The project will include the installation of 169 steel poles—replacing old and dilapidated wood poles—to bolster the transmission line’s integrity. The said line, which transmits power to Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco), is part of the nationwide network of transmission assets the NGCP took over as power transmission service provider in 2009.

Norsamelco was notified of the line shutdowns that will be implemented to give way to the line upgrade. “It is part of the NGCP’s mandate to ensure the stability and reliability of transmission lines and facilities. The replacement of wood poles along the Palanas-Cara-Catarman line not only ensures efficient and secure delivery of power to our customers in Northern Samar, but also enhances the stability of the entire Visayas grid.

For typhoon-prone Samar, this development will lessen the impact of natural disasters on power transmission in the future. The NGCP also continues “to study other possible improvements on transmission services for future implementation in the area,” the company stated.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations and related assets.

The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy Jr., Calaca High Power Corp. led by Robert Coyiuto Jr., and the State Grid Corp. of China as technical partner.