NGCP seeks formal ERC approval for Camarines Sur-Catanduanes interconnection project


The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is now seeking approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its Camarines Sur-Catanduanes Interconnection Project (CCIP).

In a report by the Philippine Star, the NGCP said the project would connect Catanduanes to the country’s main grid in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001.

The project is expected to cost around Php 9.5 billion and will be completed in 48 months after approval. NGCP said the interconnection project would support Catanduanes’ growing electricity demand, especially with the government’s plan to develop the province to attract investors.

The Camarines Sur-Catanduanes interconnection project includes a 23 kilometer, 69 kilovolt (kV) connecting submarine cable with a cable terminal station (CTS) at Brgy. Bitaogan in Presentacion, Camarines Sur and in Brgy. Asgard in San Andres, Catanduanes Island.

The project also includes the following onshore facilities: the 70 kilometer 230 kV Naga-Presentacion transmission line, the 28 kilometer 69 kV Presentacion-Lagonoy transmission line, the 12 kilometer 69 kV Presentacion-Bitaogan CTS line and one kilometer of Asgad CTS-San Andress transmission line.

NGCP data indicates that Catanduanes reached a peak demand of 15 megawatts (MW) in 2020, while its contracted supply was only 10.18 MW.

The NGCP has previously sought provisional authorization from the ERC to implement the CCIP.

NGCP recently received the green light from ERC for its 230 kilovolt (kV) Cebu-Bohol interconnection project just weeks after energizing its 500 kV Mariveles-Hermosa transmission line in Bataan

Meanwhile, the network operator plans to launch the Mindanao-Visayas interconnection project by October this year.

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