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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

Press Release

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

29 August 2018

Napocor remits dividends to the national coffers

The National Power Corporation (Napocor) is among the 54 Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) who were recently recognized for remitting dividends to the National Treasury at the GOCC day held at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace.

Napocor said that it has remitted a total of P867 million pesos for the period January to July this year, a contribution attributed to the good financial standing and prudent use of funds of the corporation.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that the dividends from GOCCs for the first seven months of the year, which totaled to P32 billion will go a long way in helping the country fund the massive infrastructure and social development programs of the government.

Under RA 7656, otherwise known as the Dividend Law, GOCCs are required to declare and remit half or part of their income as per the recommendation of the Secretary of Finance to the National Government for the development projects in the country. END