Powering Arca South
MERALCO ENERGIZES SMART SUBSTATION IN ARCA SOUTH TAGUIG
The new 115 kV-34.5 kV gas-insulated switchgear substation will support the existing and future energy requirements of the Arca South development and adjacent communities in Taguig City.
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has energized a new smart substation in Taguig City to ensure the provision of stable and reliable power for Ayala Land, Inc.’s Arca South development and the adjacent communities in the area.
Entailing a capital investment of Php 597 million, the new 115 kV-34.5 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation was commissioned with an initial capacity of 83 megavolt amperes (MVA) but will ultimately house three (3) transformer banks with a combined capacity of 249 MVA that will support the existing and future energy requirements of the Arca South development—a new business and lifestyle district in Taguig City.
Aside from catering to the growing energy needs of the Ayala estate, the Arca South substation will also improve voltage regulation in parts of Taguig City, provide operational switching flexibility during contingencies, and contribute to system loss reduction in the area.
Some of the communities and establishments that will benefit from the new substation include AC Health’s Healthway Cancer Care Hospital, Ayala Malls Arca South, Alveo Veranda, Avida Towers Vireo, Landers Superstore Arca South, Maharlika Village, Puregold FTI Taguig, Sunshine Mall Plaza, Taguig Pateros Hospital, and Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig.
“As we continue to build upon the foundations of Arca South, we are ensuring that the energy needs of this community are met with efficiency and resilience. This substation represents more than just a physical structure; it represents our dedication to sustainable urban development. It is a cornerstone of progress, enabling us to power homes, businesses, and innovations that will drive Arca South's growth and development,” Robert Lao, Ayala Land Senior Vice President and Group Head for Ayala Land Estates said
Meralco Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ronnie L. Aperocho, for his part, said the development of the Arca South substation forms part of Meralco’s unceasing support to commercial customers like Ayala Land which play a vital role in the country’s economic growth and development.
“The opportunity to participate in the master planning of Ayala estates has allowed Meralco to serve more customers and further cement our commitment to keep the lights on. As a testament to that, this newly energized smart substation in Arca South Taguig will provide safe, adequate, and reliable capacity to serve the existing and future power requirements of this particular Ayala Land development, and the adjacent communities in the area,” Aperocho said during the inauguration of the project
Present during the inauguration of the Arca South substation were (from L-R) Meralco Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Ferdinand O. Geluz. Ayala Land Senior Vice President and Group Head Robert S. Lao, Taguig City District 2 Councilor Alexander S. Penolio, Meralco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan, and Meralco Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ronnie L. Aperocho
The Arca South project is the latest development in Meralco’s longstanding partnership with the Ayala Land. Over the past several years, Meralco has energized nearly a hundred projects of Ayala Land and its subsidiary, Makati Development Corporation, including One Ayala and Seda Manila Bay. In addition, Ayala Land consistently provides a substation lot provision for its estate developments.
Meralco has been investing heavily on projects that will not just improve its electricity distribution system, but also contribute to ensuring that the infrastructure to support the government’s nation-building efforts are in place. This is also aligned with the current administration’s priorities under its socio-economic agenda, particularly energy security and infrastructure development.
“We share a common goal which is to uplift the lives of our people and we encourage the active participation and engagement of the private sector in the present economic programs,” Meralco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan said during the inauguration.