Power firm rehabilitates substation


By Rubyloida Bitog

Friday, July 20, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently rehabilitated its Binga substation in Sitio Binga, Tinongdan.

The company’s Public Affairs Officer Lilibeth Gaydowen said the rehabilitation aims “to accommodate the restored capacity of Ambuklao and Binga hydro electric power plant of SN Aboitiz Power Plant (Snap) and other future generation projects in the Cordillera region.”

She added, “The USD6.3 – million substation and switchyard upgrade project is the first stage of the Binga – San Manuel 230 – kilovolt (kV) transmission project. The project involves the replacement of old power circuit breakers and associated equipment; installation, testing and commissioning of a new 50-megavolt ampere (MVA) power transformer; and the construction of control building, lineman’s quarters, pump house and access roads.”

The substation component is scheduled to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2013. The second stage which involves the installation of 230 – kV lines which connects Binga to San Manuel is currently on its pre-construction phase.

“The Binga – San Manuel 230 – kV transmission project aims to upgrade the existing line to maintain the provision of N-1 contingency, taking into consideration the increase in capacity of hydroelectric power plants in the area. NGCP’s N-1 contingency enables the power grid to sustain its integrity in case of a loss of a major component of the system,” the press statement added.

“A related project called the Ambuklao – Binga 230 – kV transmission project is also on its pre – construction stage. Line 1 of the existing Ambuklao – Binga corridor is already more than 50 years old having been commissioned in 1956. The improvement is also expected to boost the reliability of the line,” she stressed.

The company is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” which include the interconnected system of transmission lines and towers, substations.

NGCP’s regular maintenance activities and expansion projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to customers.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 20, 2012.

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