MORE Power has embarked on its first major investment critical to the modernization
of its distribution system in Iloilo City in Central Visayas, according to Enrique Razon Jr., chairman and president of Prime Strategic Holdings Inc., major shareholder of MORE Power.
The statement came over the weekend after the company announced the energization of the 10-mega-volt-ampere (MVA) mobile substation at Iloilo Business Park at Megaworld in Mandurriao District in the city.
“The 10-MVA mobile substation is not only a behemoth power-provider on wheels, it is also the answer to the ever-present danger of overloading of the Mandurriao substation,” Razon said.
In recent months, despite having completed the comprehensive preventive maintenance on all its five substations, MORE Power has had to deal with trying to prevent overloading of its substations.
It had repeatedly warned of the Mandurriao substation working at critical levels reaching up to 90 to 95 percent.
With the mobile substation, the Mandurriao substation is expected to perform at a safer 70 percent capacity.
“The mobile substation will increase the capacity of the Megaworld area, one of Iloilo’s fastest-growing areas, by 6 to 8 megawatts. Moreover, it will decongest the Mandurriao substation, whose usage has gone beyond safe levels, and will result in fewer outages,” Razon said.
The powering-on of the mobile substation, he added, is the utility’s first major step toward doubling Iloilo City’s power capacity within the next five years.