As the country’s sole transmission network operator continues to plan and prepare projects which will address the rising demand for power, initial ground work is now underway for NGCP’s Taguig-Baras 500kV transmission line project.
This new line, which will pass through Taguig City and Taytay, Binangonan, Baras, and Morong in the province of Rizal, will help decongest other substations servicing Metro Manila and improve the reliability of the transmission system.
“With the growing load and steadily increasing demand in Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Luzon, the reliability of power transmission is something that NGCP needs to secure. The new Taguig-Baras 500kV line is one of the major transmission network developments for Metro Manila to ensure that the power requirements of the country’s load center will be adequately and reliably served in the long term,” said NGCP.
Together with this new 500kV line, a new Taguig 500kV Substation will also be built along with another 230kV transmission line traversing Taguig towards Taytay in Rizal.
The route survey for the project has already been completed, but with the construction of the new Skyway portion along C-6, coordination meetings are set for the re-routing of a segment of the Taguig-Baras line.
NGCP is working closely with the local government and concerned agencies with the initial stage of implementation which includes the acquisition of right-of-way, securing of permits, and submission of required documents. “We are hoping for the cooperation and support of the public as we aim for the timely completion of the project which will greatly benefit our customers in Metro Manila, Rizal, and nearby provinces,” said NGCP.
The Taguig project, with an estimated total cost of PhP 9.5 billion set for approval with the ERC, will commence construction by February 2019 and is targeted for completion by August 2020.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.