NGCP: Capital outlays led to lower rates and better services

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The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) believes the transfer of transmission operations from the government to private companies in 2009 resulted in more consumers benefiting from lower power rates and improved services.

The grid operator’s investments have resulted in a 77% reduction in transmission outages nationwide. Specifically, transmission outages have decreased by 77% in Luzon, 85% in Visayas, and 87% in Mindanao since privatization of the transmission system. 

The company stated that under the leadership of NGCP, a greater number of “communities, offices, schools, and homes benefited from reduced rates, improved services, and robust facilities.”

Simultaneously, the NGCP reported a nationwide increase of 101.5% in substation capacity from 2008 to 2022.

According to the company, they have expanded the substation capacity by 26,470 MVA from 2009 to 2022, in contrast to the 220 MVA capacity that was established during the period when the state managed grid operations from 2003 to 2008.

Furthermore, NGCP said it accomplished the construction of 3,729 circuit-kilometers of transmission lines and 31,190 substations with expanded capacity.

14 years after its privatization, NGCP has allocated P300 billion in capital expenditures to enhance and provide reliable power transmission services.

NGCP is currently under the radar of the Senate Committee on Energy, with 72 transmission projects delayed. 

Earlier, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian filed Senate Resolution No. 616 to investigate the delays in NGCP’s project, saying that 16 transmission projects considered EPNS are delayed.

Sen. Raffy Tulfo earlier threatened to revoke the franchise of NGCP.