New areas eyed for NGCP interconnectivity project

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Monday, June 9, 2014


THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is looking for other areas where it can loop the Mindanao Grid to Luzon and Visayas after finding out that Leyte-Surigao route is not feasible.

One area being studied by the NGCP for the planned Leyte-Mindanao interconnectivity project is Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental.

Speaking in yesterday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, NGCP regional corporate communications head Milfrance Capulong said the grid operator is still completing its feasibility study on the project.

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The official said she cannot ascertain as to when the study can be completed, but cited Department of Energy (DOE) undersecretary Raul Aguilos saying that the project is being eyed to be completed by 2020.

The interconnectivity project is one of the long-term solutions that the power sector is considering to sustain a stable power supply on the island.

Capulong added that if Mindanao stakeholders will only depend on the upcoming additional power sources, these will not be enough to keep the power sufficient on the island as the demand increases by 3 to 4 percent every year.

"We are looking at the future demand of Mindanao. If we depend on the upcoming plants, magkukulang talaga," she added.

The project will actually open up for an electricity market among the three islands, meaning when one of the islands experiences power shortage it can easily tap the reserves of the other to fill the gap between supply and demand.

As of yesterday, NGCP recorded a 115-megawatt power shortage in Mindanao. Capulong added some areas in Mindanao experience shorter hours of rotational brownouts while Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) announced recently that there will be no more rotational brownouts within its franchise area.

This after the 210 mw Steag 1 and 2 were back on the grid last month.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2014.

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