NGCP re-evaluating COVID-19 impact on major projects

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is re-assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its big ticket projects.

In a statement, NGCP said it eagerly looks forward to completing its critical projects in the soonest possible time and as close to their original timelines. At the same time, the company appeals to the government to help resume construction works in its various projects.

Among the major project that NGCP is re-evaluating are the Php52 billion Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project and the 230-kilovolt San Jose-Quezon Line-3 project and the Western Luzon Backbone Project.

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down NGCP’s operations, though classified as essential, since the lockdowns have forced it stop operations from March to May of this year.

Other factors leading to the slowdown include varying quarantine restrictions among local government units, testing requirements of NGCP personnel, contractor and supplier delivery problems, and foreign experts being unable to conduct the necessary inspections due to stringent travel requirements.

Nonetheless, the company has assured government and industry stakeholders that it will beef up construction activities.