NGCP energizes new line amid pandemic to boost transmission in Metro

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has recently energized Line 3 of the 230-kilovolt (kV) San Jose-Quezon transmission corridor in anticipation of increasing power supply and demand, particularly in Metro Manila, in the coming years.

The project is part of NGCP’s Php1.64-billion program to upgrade and expand its San Jose and Quezon 230kV stations.

Stretching 19 kilometers from Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, the San Jose-Quezon Line 3 widens the transmission path, allowing any and all available and incoming supply from power plants to transmit to the country’s load center. It will also relieve and prevent the overloading of transmission lines currently serving Metro Manila, as well as provide N-1 contingency for the line.

The N-1 component, as set by the Philippine Grid Code, is the ability of the grid to withstand a major system disturbance with minimal disruption to the system.

“NGCP is proud to report that we were able to energize the line despite the setbacks encountered due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize the importance of ensuring reliable power transmission services at all times, especially at the height of a global health threat where hospitals and other critical facilities require uninterrupted delivery of power,” the company said in a statement.

“Our stakeholders, especially the public, can be assured that NGCP’s critical projects will continue, while other projects will be in full swing and at an expedited timeline once the situation is deemed safe for normal operations,” NGCP further assured.