The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is looking to gain provisional authority to implement the Camarines Sur-Catanduanes Interconnection Project (CCIP) to allow consumers in Catanduanes to gain access to more reliable and competitive power sources in the Luzon Grid.
In its filing with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), NGCP said that Catanduanes has reached a peak demand of 15 megawatts (MW) in 2020 when the contracted supply was only at 10.18 MW.
“Clearly, the existing generating plants in Catanduanes Island cannot accommodate and keep up with the growing demand of electricity, in which case, loads need to be curtailed in order to provide continuous albeit insufficient service to its electricity customers,” NGCP said in its filing.
The CCIP project is estimated to cost around Php 9.5 million with an implementation period of 48 months. It involves laying down submarine cables, and the installation of overhead transmission lines.
Catanduanes is the 12th largest island in the Philippines and is currently being served by the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
NGCP recently received ERC’s nod on its Cebu-Bohol 230 kilovolt (kV) interconnection project just a few weeks after it energized its 500 kV Mariveles-Hermosa transmission line in Bataan