NGCP completes Mindanao backbone

    NGCP recently energized the Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission line, the final component of its Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) backbone project. This will secure the reliability of power transmission services in the entire Mindanao.

    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said power transmission in Mindanao will be more stable after the completion of the final component of the P7.09-billion of the completing the Mindanao 230 kV backbone project.

    NGCP last month energized the Toril-Bunawan 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line which will
    connect bulk generation from the northern and southern parts of Mindanao and ensure stable and continuous power from Lanao del Norte passing through Misamis Oriental and even all the way to Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.

    Among the generating facilities which will connect to the line are coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,440 megawatts including GNPower Kauswagan, Therma South Inc. and San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp.

    Other components of the Mindanao backbone project were previously completed are the Matanao-Toril 230kV line; the upgrade of the Balo-i-Villanueva-Maramag-Bunawan line from 138kV to 230kV; and the upgrade of substations in Malita, Matanao, Toril, Bunawan, Balo-i, Villanueva and Maramag.

    “With this completion, the line will supplement the existing Davao-Toril-Matanao 138kV transmission line in transmitting any and all available and incoming generation, ensuring transmission service reliability for the entire region,” NGCP said.

    The country’s system operator of transmission lines said the Mindanao 230kV backbone project will reinforce the benefits of the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project which will fully link the three major islands’ into a single grid system.