Johara Villanueva | Sept. 14, 2017
Consistent with its mission of Advancing Business and Communities, the Visayan Electric Company Inc. (VECO), broke ground for the San Fernando Substation and Switching Station in Barangay Panadtaran on August 10.
The facility, which will rise on a 1,800-square-meter lot along the highway in San Fernando town, will provide an increase in capacity for loads in the southernmost part of the electric distribution utility’s franchise area.
VECO COO Anton Mari Perdices spearheaded the event, together with municipal and barangay officials of the municipality of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Lakambini G. Reluya, Vice Mayor Fralz Sabalones and Brgy. Captain Ricardo Y. Reluya, Jr.
“VECO will be spending close to P500 million in the next five years to set up substations in strategic areas to keep up with the growing demand for power within its franchise area. The San Fernando facility will initially have a total transformation capacity of 12.5MVA at 69/23k with a projected cost of P71.2 million.”
–Anton Perdices, COO, VECO
A substation is a set of equipment that reduces the high voltage of electrical power transmission which is suitable for supply to consumers. A switching station, meanwhile, is a facility that is capable of collecting and distributing power from different sources.
To date, VECO has 19 operational substations across its franchise area, with the one in San Fernando set to be the 20th once it is energized by June 2018.
“This isn’t just an important thing. For Panadtaran and the rest of the municipality, this is everything,” VECO Assistant Vice President for Engineering Support Noel Modesto said.
Modesto explained that the electricity that goes to San Fernando, which is the load end of VECO’s 23kV network, passes through the substation in the city of Naga 10 kilometers away.
With the new substation, power in the town will be more stable and reliable, and will have a greater capacity to complement the load growth in the southernmost part of VECO’s franchise.
San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya, for her part, welcomed the development, especially since there are many projects that have been lined up in the municipality such as a reclamation project in Sangat Bay in Barangay Sangat to be undertaken by a private entity, a P358-million port project in Barangay South Poblacion and two new housing projects.
Reluya said that electricity is a very important commodity and that without it, everything will be at a standstill.