By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 25, 2016 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has upgraded a power substation in northern Luzon, increasing the power capacity it can transmit to several provinces in the area.
The grid operator said it energized and commissioned a new 100-MVA power transformer in its Tuguegarao substation, which will benefit customers from Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, and Apayao provinces.
The facility upgrade almost doubled the capacity of Tuguegarao substation to 190 MVA. This means that the substation now has more room to transmit additional power supply from new generators and to accommodate the incoming demand from Lallo airport and several local businesses in the area.
The company said the energization of the new transformer is very timely since demand for power increases as the country experiences El Niño and the temperature continues to rise, especially in Tuguegarao.
“This development is the result of a series of substation expansions to ensure that our facilities operate at an optimal level and, at the same time, are ready to sustain an increase in both power supply and demand,” NGCP said.
“With the additional 100 MVA, we can assure our customers, particularly those connected to CAGELCO I, CAGELCO II, ISELCO II, KAELCO, and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) of reliable and more efficient power transmission operations. NGCP is confident we can replicate this achievement in North Luzon throughout the rest of our facilities,” it said.
NGCP said the Tuguegarao substation is part of the system operator’s Luzon substation expansion project.