The Manila Electric Company recently inaugurated its newly-constructed substation located at Fort Bonifacio Global City (FBGC) in Taguig City, Philippines.

The 115kV-34.5kV substation has an initial capacity of 83 megavolt amperes (MVA), which is enough to deliver power to critical establishments such as hospital, embassy, commercial centres and communities within Global City and areas adjacent to it.

Meralco’s substations convert high-voltage power coming from the transmission system to levels suitable for consumption of end-power users. The FBGC-4 substation is the 12th substation of Meralco that employs state-of-the-art Gas-Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology. The GIS technology allows Meralco to adopt a compact building design to save on space requirements and to blend with the surrounding community. The FBGC-4 substation aligns with the theme of Bonifacio Global City as a prime location where ‘technology meets aesthetics’.

The substation has been stated to be part of a bigger plan for Global City, which is to build four substations. Each substation has been stated to have three transformers, each transformer having a capacity of 83MVA. After further developments, there will be a total of four substations and 12 transformers. Eventually, up to a thousand MVA is part of the plan for the full development of the city.

With this new substation, Meralco expects greater efficiency, reliability and adequacy in its delivery of electric service in Taguig City and FBGC. This will also help reduce Meralco’s technical losses by around 2.4 megawatt-hours a year.