National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said Thursday it is assessing the impact of coronavirus disease-2019 on the implementation of power projects across the country.
The projects include the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection, Western Luzon 500kV Backbone, Mindanao 230kV Backbone, San Jose-Quezon 230kV transmission line and various projects aimed at addressing low voltage in the three power grids.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has put on an extended hold the delivery of critical construction and transmission equipment from vendors and manufacturers in the affected countries,” NGCP said in a statement.
Power generation projects are also facing delays as COVID-19 limited the movement of people and goods and services worldwide.
The company said it put in place a contingency plan, which includes the use of existing NGCP equipment in stock and resort to other suppliers not affected by COVID-19, to mitigate further the impact of the disease on project deadlines and its overall effect on power transmission operations.