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NGCP: suspension of construction of San Simon electrical substation will affect supply

By on October 19, 2022 0

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said on Wednesday that customers in Pampanga could face transmission service reliability issues after the local government unit of San Simon ordered the closure of the construction site of the 230-kilovolt substation in San Simon.

“Without this substation, the reliability of transmission services in the Pampanga region is at risk and power outages are a real possibility,” NGCP said.

The closure order dated September 9 and signed by Mayor Abundio Punsalan Jr. alleged that construction of the substation was being undertaken without the necessary permits required by the local government of San Simon.

NGCP responded by presenting the LGU with a copy of the building permit it issued for the project on June 1, 2021 prior to project implementation.

“As of today, the closure order remains in effect, necessitating a halt to critical construction activities,” the NGCP said.

The Department of Energy in 2019 certified the San Simon 230 kV substation project as an energy project of national significance.

The project aims to enhance the reliability and stability of electricity transmission services in the Luzon grid by serving as an alternative source for customers connected to the existing substation in Mexico City.

“We call on the local authorities of San Simon, led by Mayor Punsalan, to lift the closure order and allow the NGCP to continue this network improvement initiative. We share the common goal of providing efficient and effective services. reliable to the Filipino people,” the company said.

NGCP is a Filipino-led private company responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the country’s power grid. It is led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto Jr. It is the sole operating asset of Synergy Grid and Development Philippines Inc.