New travel ban to further delay
new transmission projects – NGCP
As the country puts in place a travel ban to prevent the entry of the new COVID-19 strain, power transmission operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raises concerns on further delays on the completion of critical projects meant for the improvement of the power grid.
The submarine cable laying activity for the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project, for example, faces new delays with the vessel carrying the said transmission equipment unable to enter the country due to the travel ban, an NGCP press release stated.
NGCP is seeking the government’s consideration to allow its suppliers, as well as shipments of essential transmission equipment, to enter the country, while observing all safety protocols and strict compliance to health standards.
“NGCP understands the need to control the virus and prevent the new strain from affecting our people, but there must also be creative ways in place to balance health concerns with the need to keep the economy afloat. NGCP’s critical projects cannot face any further delays as this may have an implication on the stability and reliability of power transmission services, especially with the growing demand for power. We hope this will also be taken into consideration,” said the NGCP press release.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (RVC/DIS/PIA9-ZAMSULTA with reports and photo from NGCP Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department)