NGCP transmission-line upgrading project in QC set to begin

By BusinessMirror – May 22, 2018

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Tuesday that a transmission-line upgrading project in Quezon City can now be fully implemented after right-of-way (ROW) issues were resolved.

“San Jose-Quezon 230-kiloVolt [kV] transmission-line upgrading project is now set to high gear after the Quezon City government cleared the right-of-way corridor of seven transmission tower sites located in Barangays Baesa and Sangandaan,” the grid operator said in a statement.

The San Jose-Quezon 230-kV Line 3 project is a critical project that will widen the power corridor into Metro Manila, and allow supply from power plants to feed the Luzon load center.

It will also relieve the existing transmission line, prevent overloading, and will ensure that NGCP maintains the line’s N-1 contingency. N-1 refers to the ability of the transmission grid to withstand a major power disturbance through redundancies in the grid system.

The project also involves the expansion of NGCP’s San Jose-Quezon substations, which are crucial facilities that serve the load requirements of Metro Manila.

“Thanks to our good relations with the government of Quezon City, we were able to rehabilitate and upgrade our transmission lines in the city previously inaccessible by our transmission-line team. Our efforts are now focused on expediting the project’s completion, and seeing a more reliable transmission of power in the country’s biggest load center,” the NGCP stated.

The NGCP and the Quezon City government earlier signed an agreement that calls for the relocation of informal settlers living underneath the San Jose-Quezon transmission line in the two barangays and cleared the tower sites of dangerous improvements.

Respecting the ROW corridor of transmission lines and facilities will prevent unnecessary power interruptions, ensure swifter maintenance activities and will avert potential loss of life and property.

The NGCP also renewed its call for support from other local government units to work with the company in securing ROW corridors of its transmission lines and facilities in order to fast-track the implementation of its projects nationwide.

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.