26 July 2019
Napocor inaugurates new transmission line and substation in Catanduanes
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Thursday, July 25 switches-on the 15-kilometer Virac to San Miguel 69 kV transmission line and the 5 MVA Codon substation in the province of Catanduanes.
Napocor said it has allotted 240 million pesos for the completion of the projects which is seen to significantly contribute to a more reliable transfer of power from the power plants to households and establishments.
Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez emphasizes that it is not only the corporation’s goal to complete the backbone transmission system of the island provinces it covers but also to build better and more resilient power facilities.
“We employ high-quality standards for our power facilities knowing that the areas we serve are the most susceptible to typhoons,” said Benavidez who also hails from Catanduanes.
The province of Catanduanes in 2008 was opened to private sector participation as provided by DOE Circular 2004-01-001. Pending the private sector’s full takeover of the province’s power generation requirements, Napocor maintains its Marinawa, Viga, and Balongbong hydroelectric power plants. These power facilities have a total dependable capacity of 6.650 MW.
Its new power provider, Sun West Water and Electric Company, on the other hand, generates a total of 11.290 MW from its hydro and diesel power plants.
Napocor also operates a small power plant in Palumbanes island, located on the northwestern coast of Catanduanes.
Apart from Catanduanes, Napocor also operates and maintains the transmission system of Palawan, Masbate, Marinduque, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro. END
15 June 2019
Napocor projects in Palawan get priority status from DOE
National Power Corporation’s (Napocor) capacity addition and transmission system projects in Palawan get certified as energy projects of national significance (EPNS) by the Energy Investment Coordination Council (EICC) of the Department of Energy.
The certification was granted to the Palawan island service delivery improvement projects which consisted of capacity additions to eight (8) existing Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants and installation of new generating sets to 18 new areas with an aggregate capacity of 5.3 MW.
The existing areas included in the project package are Agutaya Diesel Power Plant (DPP), Araceli DPP, Balabac DPP, Cagayancillo DPP, Culion DPP, Cuyo DPP, Linapacan DPP and Rizal DPP.
Meanwhile, the new areas where power facilities will be established are located in the island or far-flung villages in the municipalities of Taytay (4 areas), Cuyo (2 areas), Coron (2 areas), Linapacan (2 areas), Balabac (2 areas), Araceli, Culion, Agutaya, El Nido, Busuanga, and San Vicente.
Another certificate on EPNS was granted to Napocor’s Palawan grid development projects which composed of nine (9) transmission and substation projects. These are the Brooke’s Point to Bataraza transmission line (approximately 28 kms), Taytay to El Nido transmission line (approx. 60.9 kms), Alimanguhan Swtiching Station project, Alimanguhan Switching Station to San Vicente transmission line (approx. 20 kms), Bataraza substation project, Brooke’s Point substation expansion project, and substations in El Nido, San Vicente and Taytay.
“These transmission line projects will complete the backbone transmission system of the province, and strengthen power reliability and stability,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
Napocor noted that Palawan being the fifth largest island in the Philippines and spans to 434 km long certainly requires several projects to thoroughly secure its power supply and operations.
“With the priority status from EICC – DOE, we hope to expedite the bidding, awarding and implementation process of the said projects,” Benavidez said.
Early this year, Napocor has garnered the same certificate for its 23 projects in various power facilities in off-grid areas in the country.
EICC was created through Executive Order 30 which aims to harmonize and streamline the regulatory processes for critical energy projects. END
30 May 2019
Napocor to bid out solar hybrid system for Bohol islands
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) is set to bid out the contract for the design, supply and installation of two 50-kW solar PV-diesel hybrid system project for the islands of Balicasag and Cuaming in Bohol province.
This is after the National Power Board, chaired by the Department of Finance, approved the terms of reference for the said projects.
With total approved budget contract of P 56 million, Napocor expressed its hope that a lot of bidders will be interested to participate in the public bidding so as to meet its timeline in commissioning and energizing the project.
Currently, Balicasag and Cuaming, which both have 24/7 power service are being serviced by Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants with dependable capacities of 192 kW and 160 kW, respectively. Both tourist hot-spot islands have less than 100 kW peak demand.
“NPC has strengthened its plans on renewable energy development not only for sustainability measures but also to lower down the power rates in off-grid areas,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
Further, Napocor said that in its 2020 Missionary Electrification Plan, there are 17 areas programmed for hybridization, eight (8) of which are new areas with solar PV and battery capacities.
Benavidez said that this is also in response to the Department of Energy’s directive on low carbon future. END
11 October 2018
Napocor inaugurates first mini grid in Palawan
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) inaugurates its first mini-grid in Palawan, granting access to electricity to 130 initial households in Nangalao, Linapacan.
Napocor said that it has allotted an 80-kW generating set and granted 8 hours of electricity to the community which has 170 more potential households and will add capacities/operating hours accordingly to the growing demand.
“The community’s main source of livelihood is fishing. Now with electricity, we wish to bring tourism in the picture since the island has huge potential in attracting tourists,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
The project is part of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by Napocor and the Provincial Government of Palawan which stipulates the former’s provision of generating sets, fuel and manpower, and the latter’s commitment to provide for the powerhouse and plant site.
“The provincial government also provided the distribution line in Nangalao which helped us expedite the energization of the area,” Benavidez said.
Linapacan is an island municipality located south of the Calamian Group of Islands (Busuanga, Coron, Culion). It is one of the many undiscovered paradise in the Philippines that boasts of clear waters and breathtaking marine reserve.
Of the seven other new areas in Palawan to be electrified under the said MOA, three (3) more areas are scheduled this year – Barangays Casian, Paly and Beyton in Taytay. The remaining barangays, Tara in Coron, Concepcion in Agutaya, and Bancalan 1 and 2 in Balabac are scheduled to be energized in 2019.
Meanwhile, Napocor has recently granted 24/7 power to its diesel power plants in Tagapul-an in Samar, Balut in Davao Occidental, Almagro in Samar, and Cabul-an in Bohol benefiting a total of 2,900 households.
Napocor, the national government’s arm for missionary electrification, presently operates and manages 275 power facilities in 190 municipalities across 34 provinces in the archipelago. END
21 September 2018
Napocor restores power to Typhoon Ompong affected islands and off-grid areas
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) has successfully restored power in its Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants affected by Typhoon Ompong and continues to effectively manage Luzon dams.
Normal power plant operations are now in effect in Batanes (Sabtang, Itbayat and Basco Diesel Power Plants), Cagayan (Calayan, Balatubat and Minabel DPPs), Isabela (Palanan DPP and Maconacon mini-grid) and Aurora (Casiguran DPP).
Napocor’s Kabugao DPP in Apayao, on the other hand, remains nonoperational as it awaits distribution line restoration.
“During typhoons or natural disaster, our protocol demands us to shut down power plants in order to protect our generating sets from mechanical stress that can be caused by distribution line disturbances,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
Napocor said that it then coordinates with electric cooperatives and/or distribution utilities in returning the power back to the grid after clearing operations.
Meanwhile, as of 8AM Friday, Napocor halts spilling operations in San Roque dam as the water elevation reached 275.24 meters above sea level (masl). END