Leyte transmission line upgrade to strengthen Eastern Visayas power corridor
Published on August 29, 2018 12:00 AM
Transmission of electricity in the Visayas region, particularly in Eastern Visayas, will be strengthened with the improvement and expansion of NGCP’s Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kiloVolt (kV) line nearing its completion.
The Ormoc-Babatngon 138kV line is one of two components that comprise the Leyte-Samar transmission corridor. Currently, the line is a single circuit. Outages along the line, planned or unplanned, result in a loss of power for the Samar provinces, which remains heavily reliant on power supply from other islands. The construction of the second circuit will ensure the reliability of transmission services in the area and will minimize the occurrences of prolonged power interruptions.
Apart from the construction of an additional overhead transmission line spanning almost 80 kilometers, the project also involves the expansion of the Ormoc and Babatngon Substations in Leyte.
With the construction of one remaining tower and stringing of the line 94% complete, improvements on the substation are now about to take place and is expected to be finished before the year ends.
“This line reinforcement strengthens transmission services in Eastern Visayas, particularly improving power supply delivery to Samar. It is NGCP’s continuing commitment to upgrade and improve of the country’s transmission network, especially with the constantly growing demand for power”, said NGCP.
The project, with an ERC-approved project cost of PhP 697.6 million, gives way to a stronger transmission corridor from geothermal plants and other generating capacities in Leyte to Samar Island. Samar and Leyte distribution utilities are set to benefit from the upgrading of the said transmission line.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. ###