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Philippines NGCP to complete Mindanao backbone project early [free access]

October 4, 2017

The private concessionaire of the Philippines’ high voltage network—National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP), is set to complete the 230 kV Mindanao Backbone Transmission Project by March 2019, ahead of its original schedule of June 2019.


The project entails the construction of the 230 kV Matanao–Toril–Bunawan line (74.2 km) and expansion of the existing Matila, Matanao, Toril and Bunawan substations. It also entails energising the proposed 138 kV Matila–Matanao line and the existing Baloi–Villanueva–Maramag–Bunawan line at 230 kV, for which additional transformers and equipment at associated substations will be installed.


The project would also be an integral part of the Visayas–Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP), which will complete the link between the country’s power grids, allowing power between the major islands to be shared, and ensure the reliability and stability of the grid.


It will help cater to the increasing power supply and demand on the island. The new transmission infrastructure will facilitate the establishment of new baseload power plants, aggregating 2,400 MW, expected to come up during 2016-18.