More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) continues to invest in the modernization of Iloilo City distribution system with the purchase of a brand new 30 MegaVolt Amperes (MVA) Mobile Substation.
MORE Power President and Chief Executive Officer Roel Castro said that they acquired the brand new mobile substation from Turkey-based firm Aktif Elektroteknik. This is to be used in the full rehabilitation of old substations inherited from previous distribution utility.
Castro said that the mobile substation will greatly help them in the total rehabilitation project of all the five substations but without long power interruptions. These are the substations situated in Jaro, Lapaz, City proper, Molo, and Mandurriao.
Currently, the power transformers on the said substations are categorized as unsafe and most of its facilities are also old.
The new 30MVA mobile substation will serve as a substitute during the course of the repair, which might last for 8 months to 1 year for each substation.
“Operations of the existing substations will be stopped while undergoing full rehabilitation and be transferred to the new 30MVA mobile substation so as to keep serving the feeders and its customers”, Castro explained.
Aktif Elektroteknik recently welcomed the engineers and procurement team of MORE Power in its 7500 sqm factory in Ankara, during their factory acceptance test just this June.
The team is composed of three engineers of MORE Power namely Mark Anthony A. Molano, the Substation and Equipment Testing Assistant Manager, Wilmar J. Gonzaludo, the Substation Project Manager, Paterno C. Cabangisan, OIC-Head, Project Development and Management Department and the Legal Officer Atty. Allana Mae Babayen-on.
The supplier, Aktif Elektroteknik was established in 1981 and has been operating with more than 40 years of manufacturing experience, modernized machinery line like Medium Voltage Air Insulated (AIS) Switchgears, Mobile Substations, Package Substations and Kiosks.
The mobile substation is expected to arrive in Iloilo City in August and will be stationed at the Molo substation for immediate testing and energization.
This is the second mobile substation acquired by MORE Power. The first was a 10MVA mobile substation last 2020 which was placed in Megaworld to address the big demand and unstable voltage of the Iloilo Business District and the same time stabilize the critical load of Mandurriao substation.
MORE Power aims to further improve the distribution of electricity in Iloilo City by making it more efficient, sufficient, and reliable, to lure more investors and better serve their increasing number of consumers.