Philippines’ NGCP plans to spend PHP160 billion as grid capex

Power transmission operator, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), has allocated PHP160 billion for capital expenditures until 2025, mostly for projects that will ensure the stability of electricity supply throughout the country.

Of this investment, PHP111.4 billion will be allocated to transmission projects, including those that are ongoing, at the preconstruction stage, and in the pipeline. Some of the key transmission projects are the 230 kV Pasay, Manila (Navotas) and New Antipolo substations; Marilao and Taguig extra high voltage (EHV) substations; and the 230 kV Taguig–Taytay and 500 kV Taguig–Silang transmission lines. Meanwhile, PHP22.3 billion has been set for operations and maintenance (O&M) activities that will focus on substation and transmission line reliability projects, upgrading tools, and introducing smart grid technology into the network. About PHP7.1 billion is intended for expanding grid-related telecommunications facilities and improving cybersecurity systems, among others. The investment plan is yet to receive approval from the country’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).The capex balance amounting to PHP19.2 billion is allocated for investments on infrastructure development, IT network, security and aviation, and facilities.