Veco installs 3 sub-lines; outages expected

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE Visayan Electric Company (Veco) is currently installing three sub-transmission lines as part of its 10-year development plan to reinforce reliability, efficiency and continuous power supply in its franchise area.

Veco Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Sebastian Lacson said that during the construction of these projects, customers in some areas will experience power service interruptions.

A press statement from Veco said the MRA-Mabolo-Mandaue 69 kilovolt (KV) line in the northern region began construction in May 2013 and is expected to be completed in December 2014.


Barangays Bakilid and Subangdaku in Mandaue City and Sitio Panagdait and Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City will experience power outages, schedules of which will be announced in Veco’s Facebook page and published in the local newspapers.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) Colon-Veco Naga 69 KV line in the southern part started its construction in July 2013 and is expected to be completed this month, together with Veco’s two substations, the AYA TR2 and Naga 69 KV switching station.


Three power service interruptions are expected to affect Barangays Colon and Tangke in the City of Naga during the project implementation.

The Veco statement said the construction of NGCP Quiot-Veco DGG 69 KV line in the central region is now in the final stage of construction and will be energized by the third week of July 2014.

A maximum of five power service interruptions are expected in portions Barangays Quiot, Mambaling, Ermita, Kalubihan, Tisam San Nicolas, Pasil and Duljo-Fatima.

Lacson said these new 69 KV lines will help minimize unscheduled power service interruptions as these substations will be interconnected into the loop through these lines.

These will will help meet the franchise area’s growing demand for power and provide better service reliability to customers.


Veco is the second largest utility company in the country, serving the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and the municipalities of San Fernando, Consolacion and Liloan.

Aside from distribution of power to customs from the power plants, Veco is also offering solar power wherein a customer may invest P150,000 to produce 1,000 watts of power daily.

If the customer’s power consumption is 1,500 watts in a month, he only needs to pay the equivalent of 500 watts because the 1,000 watts produced by solar will be credited.

But if the customer will only consume 500 watts, Veco will pay him the value equivalent to the excess 500 watts.

The P150,000 investment can be recovered in seven to eight years, Lacson said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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