ABB to help strengthen Philippine grid and boost electricity supply

2016-11-21 - ABB has signed a frame contract agreement with Meter King Incorporated, a channel partner, to provide fuse cutouts for the Philippines’ medium-voltage power distribution overhead lines. The fuse cutouts will help boost the country’s power supply and enhance reliability.

Author of the image: Mike Gonzalez

The Philippines, known for its beaches and its people’s sunny, generous disposition, currently ranks as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. The country, which has over 7,000 islands, is the 12th populous country in the world.

With its robust economy and population growth, grid connectivity and strengthening are core elements to ensure a strong Philippine power and energy platform.

ABB’s state-of-the-art fuse cutout is installed at regular intervals along primary overhead feeder lines. The device combines a fuse with a switch to protect distribution transformers from damage caused by current surges and overloads. This is a technique used by electrical distribution utilities around the world to keep the energy supply flowing safely and reliably.

Most recent available data revealed that electricity remains the most common source of energy used in Philippine households. Electric power consumption was at 692 kWh per capita based on 2013 data. Other energy sources consumed by the country include hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass. Despite significant investments in renewable energy sources, particularly in solar power, the country is still facing critical power supply shortages, which lead to rolling blackouts. And with a projected 68% of its population living in cities by 2030, ensuring the provision of a sustainable power supply is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed.

Meter King, a long-standing partner in the Philippines, is a vital part of ABB’s customer value chain. ABB sells a good number of its products directly to the end user, but employs a multichannel approach to reach a wider market. ABB recognizes that depending on the particular market segment and application, end users have different demands on integration, engineering, availability and competencies, so different channels are utilized to meet their individual needs. ABB develops solid partnerships with companies like Meter King to bring its comprehensive product portfolio to market.

Through the years, ABB in the Philippines has established itself as a reliable and competent technology partner to the government and private sector. It has been a significant contributor to the Philippines’ electrification and transformation efforts since 1968.

ABB’s medium voltage products business provides utility, industrial and commercial customers with safe, reliable and smart technologies for the distribution of electricity. The extensive global offering includes distribution automation products, switching, limiting, measuring and sensing devices, switchgear, modular substation packages and related services.