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Visayan Electric’s 1st fully digital substation in Mandaue now operational


VISAYAN ELECTRIC Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., has completed the rehabilitation of the Pakna-an substation as its first fully digital substation in Mandaue City after a year of delay due to the pandemic.

With the facility’s digitalization, it can now be monitored and assessed online, which will allow the company to detect technical problems and other possible disruptions in advance for more efficient management.

“Innovating our substations by making them fully digital is a big step toward further improving our network control and reliability,” Visayan Electric President and Chief Operating Officer Raul C. Lucero said in a news release on Monday.

A substation converts high voltage transmission electricity to safe and efficient lower transmission electricity for distribution to homes and businesses.

Its digitalization, according to the company, “boosts the efficiency, reliability, and availability of power supply through real-time control and protection operations.”

The company spent P102 million for the sub-station’s upgrade.

Mr. Lucero said the company is also looking to rehabilitate their other substations in Barangay Lorega and Pardo in Cebu City in the coming years.

Visayan Electric is the country’s second largest electric utility, covering the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga, and Metro Cebu’s four municipalities — Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.

The project is part of AboitizPower’s strategy to digitalize its assets in order to “deliver maximum value in terms of availability and operating efficiency.”

AboitizPower shares at the local bourse inched down by 1.80% or 0.60 centavos to finish at P32.70 each on Monday. — Bianca Angelica D. Anago

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