Monday, December 07, 2015


Seasoned NGCP engineers giving young engineering professionals an exclusive access on how to operate the country’s power transmission network at the PRC-accredited event. 

Davao City – More than a hundred electrical engineers with more than 300 years of combined professional experience in the power sector gathered in the Mindanao leg of the Technical Congress (TechCon) 2015 held here for the first time, at the SMX Convention Center, last November 23 to 24.
 The TechCon 2015, organized and presented by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), showcased state-of-the-art technology and best practices on power transmission and substation systems, as well as a rare peek on post-disaster power restoration behind-the-scenes and techniques. Among the participants in the PRC-accredited learning event were NGCP’s own pool of electrical engineers and representatives from local power utilities, who all garnered 16 units required for renewing their PRC licenses at no cost.
 “The participants were given exclusive access to the way NGCP operates, with its top and most skilled engineers giving the lectures based on actual experiences. Being a unique company and the operator of the only transmission network, NGCP finds it necessary to share its experiences because not all engineers are given the chance to work for the sole grid operator of the country,” said NGCP.
 “Our extensive knowledge on transmission planning, system operations, line maintenance, and best practices on safety and restoration post-disasters, are what set this congress apart from other PRC-accredited events. No other company can talk about these topics more credibly than NGCP,” it added.
 Among the topics covered in the congress are transmission planning, grid operations, network protection, telecommunications, and power transformer maintenance. Other discussions also tackled substation design and operations, emergency restoration system and restoration works post-Typhoon Yolanda.
 Engineers from generation companies, distribution utilities and electric cooperatives attended the two-day congress, while international company, Alstom from Singapore, elevated the discussions with its presentation on Digital Substations.
 “While the TechCon welcomes participants from our industry partners, it is an essential program to develop our own talent pool, a part of NGCP’s five (5)-year career development plan for our engineers designed to let them grow with the company in their chosen field while see page 3 
delivering top service to our customers. We find it as a progressive way to learn, share and think big, with each generation of seasoned engineers passing their knowledge on to the younger ones,” said NGCP.
 This is the second TechCon conducted by NGCP this year, strategically held outside Metro Manila in recognition of the important role of the regions as operators and implementers of NGCP’s core business. The first one happened in Cebu in October, with more than a hundred participants from the company’s own roster of engineers, partner distribution utilities in Visayas. The third leg, will be held in Manila before the year ends.
 NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner./MP 

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