MANILA, February 17, 2004
(STAR) Following a directive from President Arroyo, the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) recently mounted a power roadshow in Iloilo, Bacolod and Cebu to formally launch its flagship transmission augmentation programs in the island.

The Cebu-Negros-Panay Interconnection Uprating Project, a major component of TransCo’s "Project VISTA" (Visayas Transmission Augmentation Program) is expected to provide the medium and long-term solutions to contain the looming power supply challenge in the Visayas particularly in Cebu, Negros and Panay.

A "Power Summit" in Cebu City attended by more than a hundred representatives from local government units, business groups, electric cooperatives, regional development councils, NEDA, the Department of Energy and the National Power Corp. among others capped the three-day roadshow.

"We need the support of the public to ensure the smooth implementation and timely completion of the CNP project," says TransCo president and CEO Alan Ortiz.

TransCo organized the roadshow with the three-fold mission of providing solid assurances of reliable power to the people of Visayas, enlisting the cooperation of the private sector, and tackling the issue of affordable electricity.

Also highlighting the power summit was the contract signing with the winning bidders for the $40 million Cebu-Mactan Interconnection Project. The contract for submarine cables was awarded to Japanese consortium Kanematsu-J Power Systems while the contract for the substation component went to Chinese firm Xian Electric Group.

This complementary project linking Cebu and Mactan is expected to increase power reliability in the cities of Mactan and Mandaue. Upon completion in 2005, it will boost the transfer capacity of the Cebu-Mactan line from the current 40MW to 200 MW.

TransCo has committed to fast-track the implementation of the $456 million Negros-Cebu interconnection and the $48 million Negros-Panay uprating projects as well as the $354 million Leyte-Mindanao link-up.

Ortiz says a similar roadshow will be conducted later this month in Mindanao to inform and consult the public particularly the LGUs, NGOs and business sectors on the benefits of TransCo’s power transmission project.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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