‘BIG RELIEF FOR PANAY’: NGCP’s Cebu-Negros-Panay backbone energized

Cebu Negros Panay backbone

MORE Power, the local distribution utility, highlighted the significant relief delivered by the energization of the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) 230-kilovolt (kV) backbone project to both Iloilo City and the entire Panay Island.

At the simultaneous ceremonial energization of the CNP project, held on April 8, 2024, Mr. Roel Z. Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer of MORE Power, complimented the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for successfully concluding the said project.

“This marks significant relief for us at MORE Power and Panay Island. We commend the NGCP for this landmark accomplishment of the new Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) grid,” Castro said.

Castro attended the simultaneous ceremonial energization at the NGCP Barotac Viejo Substation alongside Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.

Cebu Negros Panay backbone

He mentioned that the energization comes as summer begins when the demand for all Distribution Utilities on Panay Island peaks.

When asked about the chances of another 4-day blackout, like what happened in January, Mr. Castro indicated that while the possibility exists, it has reduced substantially due to the new CNP project.

Last January 2, 2024, Panay experienced unplanned outages of multiple power generators triggered by a grid disturbance, which resulted in the shutdown of the power plants on Panay Island.

“While that does not yet promise the ultimate level of reliability, there is undoubtedly a significant stride towards improved reliability on Panay Island. For consumers, if before NGCP energized this new CNP project, there was a 50% chance of experiencing another 4-day blackout, now the probability is only 10-20%”, added Castro.

With the energization of the new CNP 230KV backbone project, Castro underlined that the submarine cable’s capacity is now noteworthy because power can be drawn from Leyte, Cebu, and Negros.

In a recent Philippine Electric Power Industry forum held in Iloilo City, spoke on the distribution utilities responsibility and emphasized to the stakeholders and concerned government agencies that after all the improvements and modernizations of the Generation and Transmission sectors, the responsibility falls onto the Distribution Utilities, which ultimately affects the consumers.

“The consumers demand three things. Reliable electricity means blackout-free 24/7, sustainability, and affordability, ” Castro pointed out.

Ceremonial Energization of CNP

President Ferdinand Marcos also acknowledged NGCP’s efforts in finally completing this critical project to enhance the resilience and reliability of power in Cebu, Negros, and Panay Islands.

“We must recognize NGCP for the successful completion of CNP. The completion of this project marks a milestone in our pursuit to enhance the resilience and reliability of our power infrastructure, especially in this area. We have to align the different power systems available in Panay and Negros,” said President Marcos in his speech.

The CNP 230kV backbone, composed of CNP1, CNP2, CNP3, and Negros-Panay Interconnection Project Line 2 (NPIP L2), is intended to strengthen the grid and improve the reliability of power transmission among the islands of Cebu, Negros, and Panay, with the construction of new 230 kV transmission backbone to support the existing 138kV facilities.

“The CNP presence is the link among three major islands in the Visayas and will provide a more reliable transfer of power to support the fast-moving economy of the provinces in the islands of Cebu, Negros, and Panay. This development will not only foster the efficiency of our electricity system but also contribute to the overall economic growth and well-being of our nation,” said Anthony Almeda, NGCP’s CEO, in his message during the ceremonial energization of the CNP project.

The CNP backbone project stands out as one of the most significant transmission infrastructure initiatives undertaken by NGCP, the country’s sole power grid operator.

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