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Press Release

04 November 2019

ERC chair graces Napocor’s 83rd anniversary, calls on for more hybrid power systems in SPUG

As we regulate the power sector and the Department of Energy comes up with policies, you are the heart of the government’s power sector, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera said before the employees of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

In her keynote address on the occasion of Napocor’s 83rd anniversary, Devanadera said that the government corporation’s role in bringing electricity to the farthest islands and communities in the country is undeniably significant to the overall progress of the country.

Nonetheless, the ERC chair said that while Napocor performs this role and continue to reach new areas, it should also proactively delve into hybrid renewable energy.

“In a study we conducted at the ERC, we infer that renewable energy sources can bring down the rates. For this, we need to grasp new technologies that will allow us to give better service at a lower price,” said Devanadera.

This call of the ERC, as aptly suited to the anniversary theme ‘Engaging the Challenge’ reinforced Napocor’s earlier commitment to submit to the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

In his message, Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez rallied Napocor employees nationwide to continue stepping up to the growing power needs and to the developing technology in renewable energy.

Currently, Napocor is set to sync its 120-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar installation with energy storage system in Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte to the local power grid.

Likewise, as contained in its Missionary Electrification Plan, Napocor have already subjected 17 areas for hybridization with solar PV and battery capacity of 1.795 MWp and 1.620 MWh in 2020.

As mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, Napocor powers the off-grid islands through its 276 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants which services 826,000 households in the country. END


24 August 2019

Napocor awards 1.2B transmission and substation projects in Palawan, Mindoro, Marinduque, and Catanduanes

State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) gets the nod from the National Power Board for the award of various transmission and substation project contracts in the provinces of Palawan, Mindoro, Marinduque, and Catanduanes amounting to P 1.286 billion.

“These awarded projects will secure a more reliable and resilient transmission system to the provinces we serve. In the long run, it can also help our partner electric cooperatives in reducing their systems loss,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.

The supply and installation of the Roxas to Taytay 69 kV transmission line in Palawan which comes in two work packages was awarded to SL Development Construction Corporation (SLDCC) and DM Consunji, Inc. after successful public bidding. Package 1 will cover 36 circuit kilometers from the Roxas substation to Alimanguan while package 2 will cover 34 circuit kilometers from Alimanguan to Napocor’s substation in Taytay.

Napocor also awards the contract for the rehabilitation of the 53 km Minolo to Mamburao 69 kV transmission line to Hansei Corporation. The rehabilitation works include replacing wooden poles with steel and concrete.

The contract for the construction of another 10 MVA substation in Mogpog and rehabilitation and transfer of the existing 10 MVA substation in Boac to Mogpog in Marinduque is likewise awarded to Power Dimension, Inc. Napocor said that the completion of these projects will ensure the safe and reliable transmission of power from Boac to Torrijos load-end substation.

In improving the transmission system of Catanduanes, Napocor awarded another contract to SLDCC for the construction of 5 MVA substation in San Miguel. 

Apart from the said provinces, Napocor also operates and maintains the transmission system in Masbate. This is as mandated by EPIRA that the corporation provide associated power delivery systems in areas not connected to the main transmission grid.

In pursuit of the same mandate, Napocor also operates 276 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants in 195 municipalities across 34 provinces in the country. END

Press Release

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

Press Release

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    

Press Release

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