NGCP sets P9.5 B for transmission line upgrade to meet power demand

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is planning to upgrade the transmission lines in Metro Manila next year to meet the growing energy demand.

The first phase of groundwork for the P 9.5 billion project is now underway for its Taguig-Baras 500-kilovolt (kv) transmission line project.

Pending the project’s approval with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), construction is projected to begin by February 2019 and is targeted for completion by August 2020.

The transmission line will pass through Taguig City and Taytay, Binangonan, Baras, and Morong in the province of Rizal.

NGCP claimed that the project will decongest other substations serving Metro Manila and improve the reliability of the transmission system.

“With the growing load and steadily increasing demand in Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Luzon, the reliability of power transmission is something that NGCP needs to secure. The new Taguig-Baras 500 kV line is one of the major transmission network developments for Metro Manila to ensure that the power requirements of the country’s load center will be adequately and reliably served in the long term,” the grid operator said.

NGCP will also build a new Taguig 500-kv substation and 230-kv transmission line passing through Taguig towards Taytay in Rizal.

The route survey has been completed, but due to the construction of the new Skyway portion along C-6, coordination meetings are set for the re-routing of a segment of Taguig-Baras line.

NGCP said it is working closely with the involved agencies and local government units for the initial stage of implementation which includes securing of permits, right-of-way, and submission of needed documents.

“We are hoping for the cooperation and support of the public as we aim for the timely completion of the project which will greatly benefit our customers in Metro Manila, Rizal, and nearby provinces,” it said.