The Cebu-Negros-Panay 230 KV Backbone in the Visayas is one of six major transmission backbone and interconnection projects in the country that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has proposed for an accelerated roll out in support to efforts to meet the energy needs of the country, a government press release said.
In its in-house publication NGCP said that transmissions that it is pushing are for the accelerated implementation of the proposed projects in order to help address major challenges to the country’s main transmission grids.
This is in view of what NGCP calls the aggressive construction timelines of new power plants, including those tapping Renewable Energy sources, which require grid reinforcements.
The project will put in place a stronger transmission backbone and unified grid interconnected via the High-Voltage Direct Current system, the press release said.
NGCP also took into account the 2012 Power Development Program Update of the Department of Energy wherein an additional generation capacity of 9,603.5 megawatts is expected to go online during the period covering 2012-2021, it also said.
Of this additional capacity, 8312.5 MW will come from conventional plants while RE-based plants will account for 1,291.0 MW, the press release also said.
In pushing for these projects, NGCP also took into account other considerations such as the heavy loading and space limitations in existing substations serving the main load centers, thus requiring the construction of new substations and transmission lines, as well as right-of-way acquisition, it said.
The projects will be implemented by stages subject to the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission, the press release added.*