VisMin interconnection project depends on route to take

VisMin interconnection project depends on route to take

With the Visayas-Mindanao interconnection project approved and ready to begin construction, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) face a new concern on the route that the facility will take.

In an interview with the Inquirer, NGCP said that the project completion speed would depend on the final route that the facilities will take.

“What would take the longest would be that part concerning right-of-way acquisition,” NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Perez Alabanza said in the same report.

She added that there were previous studies has already determined a viable route, but it will all depend on the acquisition process.

The project requires 40 kilometers of land in Cebu, 92 kilometers for subsea power lines, and 70 kilometers of land installation in Zamboanga.

The VisMin interconnection project worth P51.7 billion was granted its approval last July 11. The project would allow the import of power among Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

“For instance, the deficiency of supply in the Visayas may be supplied by importing power from Luzon or Mindanao,” ERC OIC Alfredo Non said. “Hence, this [interconnection] will help address the insufficient power supply and will also help optimize the available power supply in the Philippine grid.”

The interconnection project is eyes to go online by the end of 2020.