Philippines approves two major transmission projects

15 November 2005 – Two major power transmission projects in the Philippines are set to boost Mindanao’s power supply after the government gave its approval.

The two transmission projects, which will transmit electricity from General Santos to Tacurong and from Sangali to Pitogo, Zamboanga City, are expected to cost in excess of P2bn ($36.5m).

The 138 kV General Santos to Tacurong project will cost around P1.09bn and will replace the existing system that has aged and no longer meets the standards required.

The second project, from Sangali to Pitogo, also 138 kV, is projected to cost P1.1bn. It will help meet the increased demand for electricity in Zamboanga city, projected to increase by over 6 per cent annually until 2015.

The two projects were first proposed by the country’s National Transmission Corporation in 1998, but were delayed due to the government adopting a more cautious approach following the economic downturn Asia experienced from mid-2007 onwards.