Date: February 5th
Philippine transmission line operator, the Philippines State Grid Corporation (NGCP), until December 2020, is to spend 52 billion pesos for the Visayas - Mindanao interconnection project.
NGCP commissioned a private consortium led by Henry Sy Jr. to conduct watercourses from September to November last year to determine the most viable path to connect islands.
The new route, starting from Cebu to Dipolo, was identified as a viable route for interconnecting the Visayas and Mindanao power grids.
The project will unite three power grids, including Lu Songdo, to allow power sharing. The project is the largest and most ambitious transmission line project implemented by NGCP.
"NGCP can now proceed to the next step, including the survey of overhead transmission line components, while watercourse surveys have been completed but will still survey overhead lines from southern to central Cebu." Redi Remoroza, Director of the National Grid Transportation Planning Department.
The project is divided into three parts, including a 92 km submarine cable and 214 km of overhead lines.
The Luzon and Visayas power grids have been connected via the Naga-Omok direct current line of the national grid.
An earlier study conducted by the NGCP showed that the eastern route was not suitable for submarine cable laying because of the large number of dangerous goods left in the Battle of Surigao in 1944, including torpedoes and high explosive shells, another submarine volcano, faulty line and seismic hazard , May cause landslides and tsunamis.
NGCP said that it would continue with the conceptual design, detailed cost estimates, and a system simulation study using the Cebu-Dipollo route, to be completed by April 2017 with the necessary documents submitted to the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesman, said the cost is a very rough estimate that may change depending on the project components and the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Alabanza asked the public and their stakeholders to provide support for the full and immediate implementation of the project.
"NGCP assures its stakeholders that the company is committed to identifying the most reliable and cost-effective path, which is a big business and we want this facility to be state-of-the-art and strong enough to be used for generations." We are considering project design And many factors in implementation, including changing weather conditions, it is important to ensure the quality and reliability of the power transmission services of Visayas and Mindanao customers, "NGCP said in a separate statement.
"We need the support of the Government, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and the different local governments of the project path to advance the project, and with their full support, we are confident in completing the project on time," the NGCP said.
NGCP holds a 25-year franchise contract to operate the transmission network. The shareholders of the company are Monte Oro Grid Resources, Calaca High Voltage Power Company and China State Grid Corporation.