To lessen the occurrence of blackouts in the country, particularly in Samar Island, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) will bid out more than P300 million worth of expansion project expected to be completed in 2015. (File Photo)

The National Grid Corporation (NGCP) has started to bid out Sta. Rita-Quinapondan 69-kV Transmission Line Project, according to its bulletin released earlier.

Elmer Cruz of NGCP said the project aims to make the transmission network more reliable by providing an alternate power corridor that will benefit Eastern Samar consumers.

This project costs Php303.216 million and is expected to be completed in 2015, Cruz said.

In 2011, the NGCP completed the Paranas-Calbayog 138-kV Transmission Line Project. The major components of this project include the new Calbayog Substation, 62 kilometers of 138-kV transmission line, and expansion works at Paranas Substation.

The said line reinforces the old 69-kV transmission lines in the area, which are more susceptible to weather disturbances. It also aims to support the long term power requirements of Samar.  This project amounted to PhP 845.880 million.

In its 2011-2012 rehabilitation plan for 69-kV lines, NGCP aims to replace 1,178 old 69-kV transmission poles in the area until the end of this year. As of September 15, 2012, a total of 942 wooden transmission poles and light weight steel towers have been replaced in the island since the rehabilitation started in June 2011.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to strengthen the power network with its new projects and rehabilitation of existing 69-kV transmission lines in Samar Island.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid and electricity superhighways. Its regular maintenance activities and ongoing projects aim to enhance the system reliability and maintain the quality of power delivered to electricity users.