May 21, 2024

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Energy department plans to test Mindanao-Visayas grid link in June

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The Department of Energy (DOE) announced its plans to conduct in June the first testing and commissioning of the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) — a grid link that will allow the transfer of Mindanao’s surplus power supply to Visayas and Luzon.

“DOE Asec. Mario Marasigan said during the Laging Handa briefing on Thursday. said “If we follow the schedule that the system operator and transmission network provider gave as a commitment, we will have our first connection testing and commissioning in Mindanao and Visayas in June

In 2017, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) authorized the National Grid Corporation (NGCP) of the Philippines to construct the Mindanao-Visayas grid link.

The MVIP will connect Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte to Santander, Cebu using High-Voltage Direct Current cables, circuit-kilometer of submarine cables and circuit-kilometer of overhead wires, the DOE said.

Marasigan said that once the grid is completed, a better transmission system will flow from Luzon to Mindanao, and vice versa, especially when the Cebu-Negros-Panay Enhancement Project is also completed.

Under the NGCP, the Cebu-Negros-Panay grid link will operate in Tomonto, Silay, San Carlos, E.B. Magalona and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Barotac Veijo and Dingle in Iloilo and Cebu

“There is surplus supply of electricity in Mindanao. Once the interconnection project is opened, the power supply can be transferred to Visayas and Luzon, where power supply is lacking” the DOE official said.

“Because of that, it may result in the decline of electric prices since we have more supply” Marasigan added.