The Energy Investment Coordinating Council declared 29 transmission projects of National Grid Corp. of the Philippines with a combined investment cost of P90.291 billion as energy projects of national significance.
The declaration came after NGCP successfully energized the expanded substation and transmission lines of the P3.3-billion Bataan 230kV Grid Reinforcement Project, one of the EPNS projects approved.
“The issuance of EPNS by the EICC is critical for the on-time completion of these projects. This will enable us to expedite our plans and programs and efficiently cater to the needs of our stakeholders to provide a more resilient power grid,” NGCP said.
Projects declared under Executive Order No. 30 are given expedited issuance from local and national government agencies. These include the application of permits and requirements within 30 days and the immediate and automatic approval of all applications within five working days if no action of the said agency was made after 30 days.
The 29 approved projects include the following: Hermosa-San Jose 500kV Transmission Line, Western Luzon 500kV Backbone, Pagbilao-Tayabas 500kV Transmission Line, San Jose-Quezon 230kV Transmission Line and Bataan 230kV Grid Reinforcement.
Others in the list are Ambuklao-Binga-San Manuel 230kV Transmission Line, San Manuel-Nagsaag 230kV Transmission Line, Pinili 230kV Substation, Tuguegarao-Magapit 230kV Transmission Line, Navotas-Dona Imelda 230kV Transmission Line, Taguig-Taytay 230kV Transmission Line, San Manuel-Nagsaag 230kV Transmission Line, Calaca-Dasmarinas 230kV Transmission Line and the San Simon 230kV Substation.
Among the projects crucial for the development of the grid are the Hermosa-San Jose 500kV Transmission Line which will add a new 500kV corridor for new and old bulk generation capacities in Bataan and Zambales and the San Manuel-Nagsaag 230kV Transmission Line which will improve the transmission corridor of Central Luzon.
The Navotas (Manila)-Dona Imelda 230kV Transmission Line, which includes the construction of a new Navotas 230kV Substation, will help secure the integrity of the grid serving Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.
The Pagbilao 500kV Substation and the Pagbilao-Tayabas 500kV Transmission Line project is intended to cater to around 3,370 MW of additional power from incoming power plants in Quezon province.
The EICC also issued an EPNS to the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project in May last year, which will see the realization of one Philippine grid in 2020. The MVIP was the first project to be declared an EPNS.
“We continually appeal to our stakeholders to help us ensure the smooth and on-time implementation of our projects, as these are for the benefit of our communities across the country,” said NGCP.
NGCP said the timely implementation of the projects would greatly benefit its customers by ensuring the stable and uninterrupted transmission of power across the grid.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately-owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining and developing the country’s power grid and is led by majority shareholders Henry Sy Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.