All’s well that ends well! Closure order against NGCP’s San Simon substation lifted

The local government of San Simon in Pampanga has lifted the closure order on a 230-kiloVolt (kV) substation project.

This was after National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) of bilyonaryo Henry “Big Boy” Sy and insurance magnate Robert Coyiuto, and the local government of San Simon resolved the erroneously issued closure order against the transmission project.

NGCP said all the necessary requirements were submitted to the local government unit, and the permits issued prior to project implementation.

San Simon mayor Abundio Punsalan Jr. acknowledged the clarification and gave his go-signal for NGCP to resume project construction activities.

“NGCP is grateful for the provincial government’s swift action on this. Both Governor (Dennis G. Pineda) and Vice Governor (Lilia G. Pineda) made it clear that NGCP and its projects have their full support,” the company said.

The substation is certified as an energy project of national significance (EPNS) by the Department of Energy in 2019.

The project aims to reinforce the reliability and stability of power transmission services in the Luzon grid by serving as an alternate source for customers connected to the existing Mexico Substation.

NGCP is the sole operating asset of Synergy Grid and Development Philippines Inc.

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