Philippines’ power transmission operator, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), has signed contracts worth PHP20.02 billion for building new transmission projects in the first semester of the year 2022.
These contracts aim to reinforce, upgrade and expand the power transmission backbone of the country. The projects are a part of the grid capex worth PHP37.6 billion approved by NGCP in March 2022. Some of the new projects are the 138 kV C.P. Garcia transmission line special towers, Zamboanga Peninsula voltage improvement project-Schedule 1; and the 69 kV Mexico substation expansion project as a part of the 230 kV San Simon substation. Some of the other key transmission projects being pursued by the company are for the Visayas grid, expansion of the regional control centre in Cebu, 230 kV Cebu–Negros–Panay backbone projectStage 3, Phase 1, and the Mindanao substation expansion 4 project-Schedule 4. The reinforcement of power transmission infrastructure is in line with the government’s plan of scaling up the integration of more renewable energy capacities into the power system as part of the energy transition agenda.