THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) said on Wednesday that it has completed various power projects in the province of Masbate, providing more reliable and stable power for the province.
“On top of the recently rehabilitated and energized 46.59-kilometer Mobo–Aroroy 69–kilovolt transmission line, Napocor has also completed the 76-kilometer 69-kV transmission line connecting Mobo down south to the municipality of Cataingan and the commissioning of four units of 600-kilowatt [kW] generating sets for Ticao Island,” Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez said.
The Mobo–Cataingan transmission line, which completes the Masbate backbone transmission, will improve power dispatch and enhance power stability and reliability.
Napocor said the completed system will also contribute to the reduction of systems loss, which means more power is available for customers. This also equates to more savings for the Masbate Electric Cooperative Inc.
Napocor installed brand-new generating sets in its Ticao Diesel Power Plant to support 24/7 operations and address the growing demand in Ticao Island.
With the additional four units of 600-kW gensets, Napocor’s dependable capacity in the island now reaches 2.55 MW, which is more than sufficient in meeting the island’s peak demand of 2.168 MW.
Napocor services 13,000 households in four municipalities in the island—Batuan, Monreal, San Fernando and San Jacinto.
Ticao Island is among the growing tourist destinations in the country. It offers unique destinations, such as the Halea Nature Park, which has small, serene beach coves; rocky island and white coral sand of Borobangcaso Islet; and the Catandayagan Falls, a stunning seaside waterfall.
Napocor is the national government’s arm for missionary electrification as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001. Napocor performs this mandate through its 275 small power-utilities group or SPUG power facilities scattered all over the archipelago.