COVID-19 delays transmission projects in Philippines
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
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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