COVID-19 delays transmission projects in Philippines

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has pushed back  its timeline of significant transmission projects, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NGCP said on Tuesday that it is continuously assessing the impact of the global health crisis to transmission projects, particularly to the
Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), the Western Luzon Backbone project, and the San Jose-Quezon 230kiloVolt (kV) Line 3 project.

The P52-billion
Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) was scheduled to complete by the end of 2020. Nexans Skagerrak is already on its way to install the cable. However, now it might see a delay to full commissioning. Earlier this year, following the nationwide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), NGCP temporarily suspended all its construction activities, which were later resumed on 16 May 2020, after the easing of ECQ. The company is eager to complete its significant projects closer to their original timelines. Simultaneously, it is taking precautions to prevent the spread of virus.

The company explained, "Project schedules are continually reassessed as varying degrees of community quarantine remain in effect. The time lost is not a simple 1 is to 1 conversion. Even today, with the limitations on travel and manpower restricted to 50% of the workplace capacity, construction activities have not resumed to 100% of their pre-quarantine pace.

"Work completed in a single ‘pre-COVID-19 month’ is now projected for completion within at least 2 up to 4 ‘quarantine months.’

This means that if a project was set to be completed within 4 months from March 2020 (beginning of quarantine measures), the new estimated time of completion would be moved 8 to 16 months from the original completion target. These targets continue to move as we remain bound by health and safety considerations."

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