Several 'critical' energy projects delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown, says NGCP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that the construction of several energy projects, considered critical, was delayed due to the lockdown brought by coronavirus pandemic.

NGCP Asst. Corporate Secretary Roland Concepcion shared to the Joint Congressional Energy Commission hearing on Friday that some of the projects delayed were:

. San Jose-Quezon 230kV Transmission Line

. San Manuel-Nagsaag Transmission Line

. Alas-asin 500kV Substation Project

. Balsik 500kV Substation Project

. Mariveles-Hermosa 500kV Transmission Line

. Hermosa-San Jose 500 kV transmission Line

“Most of our projects were suspended, so we are expecting delays in all of them. But we identified these projects as the most critical and that we recognize to have them resumed as soon as possible,” said Concepcion.

He added that resumption of the construction is expected to begin next week.

“In fact, some of the contractors, employees, have already started testing. They will resume construction... I think some of them by next week,” said Concepcion.

The Luzon-wide lockdown last March prohibited business activities and from operating including construction works.