NGCP new projects to lessen frequent Luzon brownouts

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 6 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) assures the public that their new projects particularly the Bataan Reinforcement Project will help lessen the frequent brownouts presently experienced by Luzon residents. 

In an interview with the media, Napoleon Viterbo, NGCP North Luzon operations manager, discussed the 500 KV Lines or western corridor that traverse from Mariveles to Hermosa in Bataan to San Jose Jose Del Monte in Bulacan or the “main grid.”

The official said the project will produce 4,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity or half of Luzon’s 9,000 MW requirement. This was revealed Tuesday morning during the NGCP Projects and Press Conference attended by stakeholders from Bataan and Zambales at the Crown Royale Hotel here.

Viterbo added that initially the line from Hermosa to Subic also called Hermosa-Castillejos will energize 230KV catering RP Energy in Subic and eventually, it will connect Pangasinan called western corridor to complete the connection from the North to Metro Manila.  

The project, he added, will result to an enhanced generating capacity of the Luzon grid to lessen the generation of the high cost of generating power plants like the gas turbine, coal etc. and it will result in lowering the cost of electricity.

Meanwhile, Viterbo blamed the recent bad weather for the usual unannounced brownouts due to isolation of some power plants in the South (Batangas area) that resulted in lesser generating capability of the Luzon grid.   

“These projects, in four to five years, will result to positive impact thereby avoiding brownouts,” Viterbo told reporters. 

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