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Stronger transmission for a stronger nation.

News Release 16 November 2012

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NGCP upgrades control system for Balo-i Substation in Mindanao In a move to increase the reliability of the entire Mindanao Grid, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently upgraded its control system for the Balo-i Substation in Lanao del Norte. Since NGCP and its technical partner State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) started working together in 2009, many changes have been implemented in terms of systematically improving operations and management to build a stronger power grid. The installation of state-of-the-art computer technology of a microprocessor-based substation control (MBSC) in Balo-i is just one of these improvements that aim to enhance system reliability and efficiency in NGCP substations. The upgrade is expected to result to a lower number of undesired line trippings in the area. With the MBSC in place, old manual substation operations in Balo-I have been replaced with computerized operations. The MBSC works in tandem with protection relay, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and anti-fire systems to boost the overall security and reliability of the substation and improve flexibility in transmitting Mindanaos power supply requirements. Mindanao Operation and Maintenance Head for District 2 Mr. Eric Vincent Cariaga explained that The whole system of the Mindanao Grid will benefit from the Balo-i Substation MBSC Project because the bulk of the power generated from the Agus Complex come in to Balo-i Substation. NGCP recognizes the importance of transmitting this bulk power to the different parts of Mindanao with high efficiency and reliability. The inauguration ceremony for the substations MBSC was held last November 9 with the presence of NGCPs top officers from the technical, operation and maintenance, and support services groups. ###

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