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Cusi eyes hastening of links
of Visayas, Mindanao grids

MANILA Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the completion of the inter-connection of the three main grids could be implemented during his term.

Cusi said in a press conference that he is studying the potential project.

Power-grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines started the feasibility study on different routes to connect the two main islands, and this expected to be completed this year.

The Energy Regulatory Commission approved a budget of PHP152.46 million for the NGCP to complete the study, after the grid operator filed a petition.

The NGCP revealed in its petition that its studies showed the western route for the connection of the Visayas and Mindanao grids through Cebu-Negros and Zamboanga Del Norte was the most viable prospect.

The link between the two grids was first conceptualized by a study from the Japan International Cooperation Agency in 1984. It also included the Leyte-Cebu 230 kilovolt (kV) AC high voltage interconnection projection, Leyte-Luzon 350 kV HVDC interconnection project and the Leyte-Mindanao 250 kV HVDC interconnection project.

Currently, the Luzon and Visayas grids are only linked through the Leyte-Luzon 350 kV HVDC.*PNA


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