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NGCP boosts Leyte - Samar power corridor

Published on January 18, 2019 12:00 AM

NGCP boosts Leyte - Samar power corridor

NGCP delivers on its commitment to improve the transmission of electricity in the Eastern Visayas region before the year 2018 ends with the completion of Line 2 of the Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kiloVolt (kV) transmission line. 

Line 2 of Ormoc-Babatngon 138kV line was successfully energized in December, reinforcing power transmission delivery in the Leyte and Samar provinces. 


Before the second circuit was energized, the line was originally only a single circuit. Outages along the line, planned or unplanned, result in a loss of power for the all the Samar provinces, which rely heavily on power supply from other islands. “With the energization of the second circuit, transmission services in the area will now become more reliable and prolonged power interruptions will be minimized or avoided altogether,” said NGCP. 

Besides the overhead transmission lines added, the Ormoc and Babatngon substations were also upgraded to serve the increased capacity of the line. 

The project, with an ERC-approved project cost of PhP 697.6 million, gives way to a stronger transmission corridor from geothermal plants and other generating capacities in Leyte to Samar Island. 

The Ormoc-Babatngon line serves five customers, particularly the Leyte Electric Cooperative Inc. II (LEYECO II), Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. I and II (SAMELCO I and II), Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), and Northern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (NORSAMELCO), which cover parts of Leyte and the provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar. 

“It is part of NGCP’s commitment to continually upgrade and improve the country’s transmission network, especially with the increasing demand for power year on year. The energization of the second circuit of the Ormoc-Babatngon 138kV transmission line will greatly benefit our customers in Eastern Visayas. Our customers can be assured that we are working on more projects to improve our network nationwide and deliver quality services to our people,” NGCP stated. 

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. ###