NGCP continues power grid modernization in the country

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The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to modernize the county’s power grid to be at par with peers and soon surpass its counterparts in the region.

NGCP’s directive is to unify the power grid and revolutionize the entire transmission network to exceed those of Asian neighbors, NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy Jr. said.

“It is NGCP’s duty to ensure the reliability of all its facilities. We want to be the best utility in Southeast Asia. We will begin this journey by upgrading the outdated facilities we inherited from TransCo and put in place state of the art technology. Our customers can be assured NGCP is continuously looking to improve its performance across all its functions that are part of its mandate,” Sy said.

The NGCP has introduced various upgrades to the country’s state-owned lines and facilities since it took over the local power transmission network in 2009.

In 2012, the National Control Center was upgraded to a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) that synchronizes the operation of the three main grids.

This system has allowed efficient overall monitoring and quick response in the event of system faults and grid disturbances.

The Luzon Grid also gained a reinforced Backup Luzon Regional Control Center – duplicating the NCC function and its operation in times of operation.

Back-up control centers at the Visayas and Mindanao grids were also placed should the existing regional control centers become unable to perform its functions.

The grid operator also established the Overall Command Center (OCMC) that provides weather monitoring and report dissemination internally and to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NGCP is in charge of operating, maintaining and developing the country’s state – owned power grid.