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ERC approves 230kV Transmission Project in Mindanao

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), on 20 July 2016, approved the application of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for the implementation of its Mindanao 230kV Transmission Backbone Project.  The project will enable transmission facilities traversing from the northern to the southern corridors of Mindanao to accommodate the entry of new power plants and allow existing power plants to be dispatched at their respective maximum capacities and transmitted throughout Mindanao that will solve line congestion and load curtailment.

“The approval of the 230kV transmission backbone project will ensure sufficiency of supply, the  reliability of power system and the power transfer in the Mindanao grid,” ERC Chairman and CEO Jose Vicente B. Salazar stated.

In line with the approval of the project, an additional 2,400 MW of generation capacity is expected to be injected in the various parts of northern and southern parts of Mindanao by new generation facilities, particularly, FDC Misamis Power Corp., GN Power Coal Plant, Therma South Coal, SMC Davao Coal and Southern Mindanao Power Plant.  This development prompted the NGCP to upgrade and expand its transmission facilities to meet the transmission requirements of the Mindanao grid.

The approval of the project is also in line with prior approvals granted by the ERC such as Malita-Matanao 230 kV transmission line project in November 2014 and the Baloi-Kauswagan-Aurora 230 kV transmission line project Phase 1 in June 2015.  The Malita-Matanao project, initially energized at 138 kV, was proposed to be increased to 230 kV to join the Matano-Toril-Bunawan 230 kV line and relieve the overloading of the existing Davao-Toril-Matanao 138 kV transmission line.  The Baloi-Kauswagan-Aurora project, on the other hand, will accommodate the output of GNPower’s proposed coal-fired power plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte up to 2018.  


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