Luzon power facility up for P2.5-B upgrade

NGCP’s 230-KV transmission loop to link wind farms


National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is embarking on a critical P2.49-billion transmission project that will prepare its facilities in northern Luzon for the possible entry of wind-generated power.

In a paper it filed with the Energy Regulatory Commission, NGCP is seeking the approval to proceed with the construction of the Laoag-Bangui 230-kilovolt transmission line project, which will allow the entry of wind power projects in northwestern Luzon and improve the reliability of the transmission network in the region.

The project is an integral segment of the bigger Northern Luzon loop project, which aims to consolidate the individual 115-kilovolt connection line projects of several wind farm proponents in the Ilocos region into a unified 230-kV transmission corridor.

NGCP has also already identified the locations of the substations to be developed along this Northern Luzon loop, which will serve as the connection point for the proposed wind power plants.

Based on data from the Department of Energy, the northwestern part of the Luzon grid has the highest potential for wind power generation in the country.

Among the proposed wind projects in this area are the 48-megawatt Pasuquin east wind energy project phase 1; 72-MW Pasuquin east wind energy project phase 2; 87-MW Burgos wind farm; and the 80-MW Caparispisan and Balaoi wind project. These four projects alone are expected to generate a total of 287 MW.

“Pre-construction activities are needed to be undertaken in 2013 in order to meet the target completion in 2016,” NGCP said.

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  • magarito

    tadtarin nila ng windmill ang lugar na yan, sayang ang wind power.

  • coty

    hey dummies put the BNPP operational and it’s gonna be more than just an upgrade! plus you get a clean potable drinking water for free as a by product! it’s dangerous? ha ha you don’t find the NOKOR nuclear tipped warhead missiles dangerous?! and routine regular visits of the US nuclear submarines carrying ICBMs! derisive laughter!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      what subs the last one was a sub tender in other words a supply ship ive been reading the papers and havent read about nuke subs here just curios when

  • buritos

    Bakit si Pnoy pag Luzon ang may problema elektrisidad kay dali nyang mag hanap
    ng bilyon bilyon. Pag Mindanao e walang pakialam.Kami daw ay magbayad ng mahal.
    Pnoy bakit kming mga taga Mindanao ba ay hindi mga Pilipino.
    Bigay mo nlang kmi sa Malaysia baka gumanda pa ang buhay namin.

    • 18C0501

      busa kamo dinha sa mindanao ayaw jud mu ug butar sS TANANG TEAM PNOY., MAO SAD NA IYAhang gisulti dre sa cebu nga magbayad jud daw ang taga mindanao ug mahal aron makakoryente, sa tinuud lng walay pakialam c pnoy sa taga mindanao. usa sya ka talawan nga traidor sa atoang nasud, dapig sa communismo. i hope maka sabot ka.

    • Datuitum

      basta mga taga Luzon ang magpadagan sa panggobyerno . puro ilalaha na lang, mumho ug dukot ang para sa Visayas ug Mindanao !

      • buritos

        Duol na eleksyon bai Datuitum wa koy botohan bisan si pimentel kay taga luzon na ang utok.

    • magarito

      kita mong humangin lagi sa north. natural energy source un, ndi kailangan ng langis o kahit na anong panggatong. ang mindanao ba meron? ang madami lang dun puro armadong grupo. kung magtayo ka ng power plant dun mamaya pasasabugin lang nila. sinong gaganahang maginvest dun?

      isipin mo muna pre bago ka dumale. ayusin muna nila ang peace talks sa mindanao, pag nagkaroon na ng bangsamoro dapat magpasukan na ang mga magiinvest sa power industry. ang kaguluhan sa mindanao ang root cause kung bakit walang matinong kuryente dun

      • buritos

        Kaibigan napunta kanaba sa mindanao?
        Kung hindi magbasa ka muna ng Mapa ng Pilipinas.
        Malaki ang Mindanao diba at HINDI LAHAT NG LUGAR MAY GIYERA.
        Kaya kung gusto mong tumulong sa amin samahan mo si Pnoy at sabihin
        Sa kanya na gawin patas ang pagtrato sa LuzViMinda.

    • D’ Equalizer

      Why there is a power crisis in Mindanao? Very simple…the people who where suppose to be responsible to maintain sufficient power in that Island never did their job – that goes from the national to local level – pare-parehas lang naman sila. If indeed the people and the leaders want’s stable supply of power – then the goverment should avoid to much bureaucracy and corruption – then only then – power investors comes in hand to built power plants.

      I am also from Mindanao – and was involved in a company that builts power plant all over the world. I had a Korean friend an Investor who wish to invest in the country – but somehow reluctant due to the unstable government position. Investor needs concrete guaranntee from the host country before they start pouring a multi million dollar investment.

      If the government in Mindanao is really serious – enough and can provide concrete guarantee to protect investors. Then maybe we have space to talk about power investment in Mindanao. And if none – then simply forget and hope for a favorable time of good governance in the future – if that happens?

      • buritos

        I got two words” Political will” but I don’t know if Pnoy have it for Mindanao
        Power problem.

      • D’ Equalizer

        Political will – in Noynoying’s term? In his 3 years as president – Filipinos already knows and experience what kind of a leader he was….a poor one! So, simply do not expect progress in good governance and delivery of infra – projects especially down south.

        Mindanao leaders and it’s people – if indeed is serious to solve the power crisis – then by all means it can be done even with little support from the national government. BTW, the role of the national agency is only a matter of approval and regulations in power related industry. The buttom line – if Mindanao wants to be a sustainable power – island – it can be done if leaders in Mindanao is serious and sincere.

        After all – it is the private investor who builts power plant – their money – their resources and not from the government. The role and position of the government is to render approval and regulation + a guarantee that every penny invested by the investor is safe within the confines of the law.

        Kaya po’ di marapat na sisihin nyo’ madalas ang tiga Luzon – kung may stability po’ ang supply ng kuryente sa Luzon eto ay dahil maraming private investor ang nag-invest doon and still continuing due to the peace and order as compared to Mindanao. I am not either that there is war all over Mindanao. Peace and order, stability is a primary concern of the investor.

  • hislordship

    I hope alternative generation and its connection to the 230kV system is also being planned for when there is no wind or too much wind.

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