Key Eastern Visayas transmission line for completion this year

Posted on February 24, 2016

THE NATIONAL Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) expects to complete this year a transmission facility in Eastern Visayas that it said was “crucial” to the recovery of the province from recent typhoons.

The work involves the construction of an overhead transmission line spanning almost 80 kilometers of the Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kilovolt (kV) line in Leyte, the grid operator said. It also covers the installation of upgraded equipment at the Ormoc and Babatngon substations.

“For the often typhoon-stricken Samar, a steady supply of electricity is important to ensure the island’s continuous growth and recovery from disasters,” NGCP said in a statement.

“This is what we are trying to address by constructing the Ormoc-Babatngon 138 kV line. In addition, this project will also cater to the increasing demand for electricity in Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda,” it added.

The line serves as the corridor that will transmit the power supply from geothermal plants in Leyte to Samar Island.

It will also increase the reliability of power transmission to Samar, which has no internally generated power, and is dependent on the supply from Leyte.

Leyte II Electric Cooperative, which distributes power to Tacloban, will be the main beneficiary of the project. -- Victor V. Saulon