PGMA bares plans for the upgrading of transmission line in Northern Samar

June 16, 2009 10:53 am 

LAS NAVAS, Northern Samar, June 16 — Perennial power interruption problems in the province will soon be a thing of the past.

This, after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today bared plans for the upgrading of the transmission lines through the 138 KV Wright-Calbayog backbone transmission system in the northern part of Samar Island to accommodate the load growth, address the low voltage problem, and improve system reliability.

At present, the province’s existing wood pole-support supply lines 69 KV are reportedly no longer adequate to accommodate the ever-increasing demand as well as not reliable to provide steady power supply.

“Kumikilos na itong proyekto dun sa transmission (Project on the transmission line is now in progress),” the President said in a regional media interview with Tito Tepace of DYSM Aksyon Radyo here.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has started to bid out the transmission line component of the Wright-Calbayog transmission line on June 4.

Northern Samar Rep. Paul Daza said the awarding for the winning bidder will be done within the next few months.

Daza said the timetable for the completion of the Wright-Calbayog transmission line will be on the fourth quarter of 2010.

When completed, he said, the perennial power interruptions in Northern Samar will significantly reduce by 30 to 60 percent.

Daza said another project is the upgrading of the transmission line from Calbayog-Lope de Vega to Catarman which is yet to be approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission.

“The ERC has promised to approve the petition and hopefully, the NGCP will fund it within the next few months. The brownouts here, hopefully, would be resolved within two to three years,” he said.

Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes has vowed to work hand-in-hand with the ERC for the fasttrack implementation of the project.

The Chief Executive stressed that modernizing the nation’s infrastructure has been and remains a key objective of her administration and ”Northern Samar is a focus for these ongoing efforts.”

In fact, the government has already had a long-term solution to the province’s electricity problem since 2004.

However, the implementation of the project was delayed due to the transfer on the supervision of the country’s transmission system to the NGCP last January 15.

The NGCP is the privately-owned corporation that won the competitive public bidding which was granted by Congress with a 50-year franchise as official operator of the former government-owned and controlled National Transmission Corporation to operate and maintain the country’s power transmission grid.

Likewise, the Chief Executive ordered the energy department to prioritize the electrification of some places in the provinces, particularly the municipality of Silvino Lobos.

“Northern Samar is a focus for our infrastructure development efforts and the patience of the people of this region will be rewarded with increased power supplies as soon as these projects come on stream,” the President said.

With this development project, the power consumers in Northern Samar and nearby localities will benefit from quality and stable power supply which will serve as catalyst to jumpstart their economic progress which have been hampered through the years. (PNA)

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