NGCP transformers enter service in Pampanga, Nueva Vizcaya

Posted on August 26, 2015

THE NATIONAL Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has moved to boost transmission services in two provinces in Luzon with the launch of operations of two new transformers, it said in a statement on Monday.

The grid operator said it energized a new 100-megavolt ampere (MVA) power transformer at the Mexico substation in Pampanga and a 75-MVA transformer at the Bayombong substation in Nueva Vizcaya.

NGCP said the new power transformers will improve system reliability in these areas.

In particular, the one in Pampanga will cater to the steel mills in Pampanga.

“This will ensure that future load growth from Pampanga’s fast growing economy, fueled by the influx of large industries, will be accommodated,” NGCP said.

The one in Nueva Vizcaya, meanwhile, will serve the incoming load from the mining developments in the province.

“These upgrades are just some of many improvements NGCP has planned for the country’s transmission network. It is our aim to build the strongest power grid in Asia,” NGCP said.

It added that maintenance and upgrade programs will support the country’s fast growing demand amid a booming economy.

NGCP is private firm that operates, maintains and develops the country’s transmission network since 2009.

It acquired the 25-year concession of state-owned National Transmission Corp. in an auction conducted by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. in 2008.

The firm is in charge of the transmission of high-voltage electricity through power superhighways that involve an interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related facilities. -- Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano