Wednesday, 2 June 2010

3 transmission projects pushed

Written by Paul Anthony A. Isla
Business Mirror
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25942:3-transmission-projects-pushed&catid=33:economy&Itemid=60

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), the power lines concessionaire, wants to start building the 230-kilovolt (kV) Kalayaan-New Makban transmission upgrading project, the 230-kV New Antipolo substation project, and the 230-kV San Esteban-Laoag transmission project, among others.

It has sought the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) go-ahead for a total P4.5-billion transmission projects.

The Kalayaan-New Makban project, projected to cost P2.089 billion, aims to accommodate the full dispatch of existing baseload power plants and the commissioning of future power-generation projects in South Luzon.

The 230-kV New Antipolo project is estimated to cost P1.749 billion, and involves the construction of a new 230/115-kV substation; the San Esteban-Laoag transmission project, about P456.56 million, is intended to accommodate the installation of the connection facility for an 86-MW wind project of Energy Development Corp. and 82-megawatt wind power project of Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corp.

Also submitted for approval is its P267.98-million Visayas substation reliability project that will improve the reliability of the Visayas grid; its 600 megavolt-ampere Dasmariñas EHV substation project intended to maintain the provision for “single outage or N-1 contingency” for the maximum dispatch of the 1,200-MW Ilijan natural gas plants, 600-MW Quezon Power Philippines coal plant, and the 700-MW Pagbilao coal-fired power plant.

Roque Corpuz, NGCP president, earlier said his company has programmed P10 billion to complete priority transmission projects this year.

He noted the capital expenditure will be used to rehabilitate transmission lines and to ensure the delivery of power to its customers this year.

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