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Bridging Power and Progress

The P52-billion Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) of transmission firm National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) will add an initial 300-megawatt to energy-starved Luzon grid starting June this year, according to the Department of Energy.

That will then help save Luzon grid from predicaments of rotational blackouts especially when demand would surge as the Philippine economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Energy Assistant Secretary Redentor E. Delola said the interconnected power grids will be partially energized next month, thus, that will already enable the initial export of generated electricity from Mindanao to the linked-up power systems of Luzon and Visayas.

In the calculation of the energy department, initial 45 megawatts (MW) can already be shared from Mindanao by March. And by mid-year, the capacity that can be fed into the linked-up transmission grids could already hover at 300MW.

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