NGCP pushes Minda-Visayas power grid interconnect Print
Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:31

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Friday announced that it has applied for a provisional authority with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its long overdue Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP).

In a statement, the NGCP said the application is based on last year’s hydrographic survey they conducted to connect Cebu to Dipolog City in Zamboanga Del Norte.

“Subsequent preparations were made to include the conceptual design, detailed cost-estimate and update of the system simulation study using the Cebu-Dipolog route in the ERC application, while inland and route surveys for substations and overhead transmission lines were simultaneously being conducted,” it said.

The NGCP has been looking at two main areas for inter-connectivity —Cebu-Zamboanga for the western route and the Leyte-Surigao for the eastern route.

The company said they decided to use the Cebu-Zamboanga route since the Leyte-Surigao route has “various obstacles including live ordinance (torpedoes and high explosive shells) from the 1944 Battle of Surigao, an underwater volcano, fault lines, and seismic hazards such as unstable rock slabs.”

“We needed to be careful and sure, as this is going to be the biggest project in the history of the Philippine power industry. And we are excited to begin,” NGCP said.

The NGCP said as soon as they will have the go signal from the ERC, it “will immediately put into motion the plans that will lead to the eventual unification of the country’s three main grids. Barring any delays, the company hopes to get it done by 2020.”

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (TPGJR/Darwin Wally T. Wee/PNA)