Meralco constructs new substation in Caloocan to improve its power capacity

June 26, 2009 8:05 am 

MANILA, June 26 — Distribution utility Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has started the construction of its new substation in Camarin, Caloocan City to further boost its capacity and improve reliability of power supply to customers in its franchise areas.

Ricardo V. Buencamino, executive vice president and head of Meralco’s Networks Group, said the new Camarin Substation located along Zabarte Road, Caloocan City, will provide additional capacity and improve reliability of power supply to customers in the northern portion of the city, including nearby areas in the province of Bulacan.

He said the construction of the Camarin Substation is in response to the fast-growing development currently being experienced in the area. It is also intended to help reduce Meralco’s annual technical system loss.

“Power to this new distribution substation is delivered through the 115-kilovolt subtransmission lines from Meycauayan and Novaliches substations. It has a total capacity of 83 MVA with four 34.5kV distribution lines serving parts of Caloocan City and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan.

"The project will significantly reduce the line exposure of Novaliches 42YJ circuit by 39 percent and will provide better voltage regulation and reliability in the areas served. This will also enhance switching flexibility during contingency for adjacent distribution lines from Meycauayan, Sta. Maria and Novaliches substations,” he said.

The project, according to Buencamino, is one of several substation facilities that Meralco is scheduled to build as part of its capital expenditures approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) under the Performance-Based Regulation (PBR).

Among the companies that would benefit from this new facility are the MWSS Pumping Station, Hi-Grade Feeds Corporation, Zabarte Town Center, Victoria Wave Industrial Complex, Island Biscuit, Yee Tung Garment Manufacturing, Upson Industrial Corporation, Philippine Belt Manufacturing Corporation, HBC Incorporated, National Housing Authority and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT)-Camarin Exchange.

Likewise, commercial and residential customers will also gain from this project, Buencamino said. He added that the project "is part of the company’s support to the economic programs laid down by the local government units in the said areas.” (PNA) scs/MSN


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