Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has begun construction of the P52-billion project connecting the Visayas and Mindanao power grids which will strengthen the country’s transmission network and boost employment opportunities for host communities.
The Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) is targeted for completion in December 2020 and will link Mindanao to the already connected Luzon-Visayas Grid. It involves submarine cables spanning 184 circuit-kilometers and 526 circuit-kilometers of overhead lines to link the Visayas and Mindanao grids. The construction of the project will run in parts of Cebu in Visayas and in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Lanao del Norte in Mindanao.
“This is the largest transmission undertaking in the country’s history. The benefits to the public will come not just when the facility is energized and begins to facilitate power exchange across the three main island groups, but will begin encouraging economic activity in remote areas as soon as construction begins this year,” the grid operator said.
The NGCP said that the interconnection of the Visayas and Mindanao power grids by 2020 would boost the reliability of the power grid in the face of calamities as only Luzon and Visayas are currently connected while Mindanao is isolated. The existing interconnection between Luzon and Visayas allows both grids to get supply from each other in times of shortfall.
Interconnecting the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids is a massive but necessary undertaking that should improve the quality, reliability and cost of energy in this archipelago. While the construction period provides short term benefits of generating jobs and stimulating economic activity in remote areas; the people and the economy of the Philippines will reap bigger rewards from its long term benefits.
In a country where energy is unreliable during times of disasters and expensive even when there are no calamities, any improvement to our power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructures is always a sign of progress and a welcome development.*