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Cotabato Light upgrades power substation, improves reliability

KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON. AboitizPower distribution utility Cotabato Light conducts testing of its new power transformer.KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON. AboitizPower distribution utility Cotabato Light conducts testing of its new power transformer.

AboitizPower distribution unit Cotabato Light and Power Company is currently undergoing a major upgrade of its Malagapas substation. This upgrade provides the company with an increased energy capacity, ensuring better reliability of power across its franchise area.

The project involves the installation of new electrical equipment, including the addition of a 15-MVA transformer — a new device that is used to control and protect the equipment at the site. The upgrades also allow for remote monitoring and operations, which is essential during the ongoing pandemic and is vital in keeping the lights on for the community.

Regarding the new upgrades, Cotabato Light President and COO Valentin S. Saludes III emphasized the company’s commitment to better serve customers in the following statement:

“The completion of the Malagapas Substation additional capacity will better serve the future electric demand while providing more reliable and continuous power to the Cotabato Light franchise area. The new equipment includes state-of-the-art remote monitoring and operating capabilities as well as protective devices, which will mean fewer power outages and faster restoration times for customers. This is Cotabato Light’s commitment to advancing business and communities,” he said.

This enhancement project will address the growing power demand for business and residential customers throughout Cotabato Light’s franchise area.

The project began in June 2020 and is expected to be completed and energized by the end of the year.

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