Skyway 3 closed from Jan. 13-14 to prepare for full opening

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021   •   439

MANILA, Philippines – The entire stretch of Skyway Stage 3 will be closed on Wednesday night, January 13 until January 14 in preparation for its full opening on Friday, private proponent San Miguel Corp. (SMC) announced.

In a statement Wednesday, the SMC said the elevated expressway will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and will last the whole day of January 14.

A full inspection, set-up and staging of the opening, and other pre-opening preparation activities are also scheduled, the SMC added.

The entire 18-kilometer elevated expressway will be opened to regular vehicular traffic starting 5 a.m., January 15.

“We ask for the kind understanding of motorists, as we prepare to officially open Skyway 3,” Skyway management said.

“Following the opening, motorists will be able to experience the benefits of all seven lanes and all the features of this game-changing expressway that will reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX and vice-versa, to only 30 minutes. It will also help decongest traffic on EDSA and many parts of Metro Manila,” it added.

Skyway 3 connects the South Luzon and North Luzon Expressways and will serve as an alternative to EDSA with its access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.

The toll road is expected to cut travel time between the country’s two main expressways to just 20 minutes from the 3 hours at present.

Four of the seven lanes of the toll road was soft-opened to public last December 29.

“Skyway 3 will remain toll-free until January 29, and we look forward to welcoming our motorists and letting them experience seamless travel,” the SMC said.

Skyway 3 Nagtahan exit ramps now open

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the Skyway Stage 3 have been formally opened to the public on Thursday.

In a statement, SMC President Ramong Ang said that with the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists can expect to further cut their travel time to Manila. Even traffic congestion at major thoroughfares commonly used to access Sta. Mesa and other nearby areas, is seen to further ease.

SMC, which fully-funded 100% of the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure that no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway last January.

However, due to right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps had to come a little later.

“The concessionaire is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps as we want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX,” DPWH Sec. Mark Villar said.

“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue. Nagtahan, and Quirino Avenue,” he added.

Ang said the northbound ramps that are next to be opened include the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry, and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit. Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon are the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry, and Quirino exit.

With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include: Northbound — Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Avenue exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, A. Bonifacio exit, and Balintawak exit; Southbound — Balintawak entry, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry, and Buendia (Zobel) exit.

Recently, SMC also opened the four-kilometer northbound section of the Skyway Extension project from Susana Heights to Sucat, allowing motorists from provinces south of Metro Manila to directly access the Skyway System without having to go through the Alabang viaduct.

“With the recent opening of Skyway Extension project, motorists from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel to many points in Metro Manila, all the way to NLEX. With work on the southbound section now at an accelerated pace, we are closer to fully realizing seamless connection between southern and northern Luzon,” Ang said.

The opening of the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 reduces travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak in only about 30 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 and the Skyway Extension project are part of SMC’s 38-kilometer elevated Skyway System, which aims to reduce traffic congestion along major thoroughfares including EDSA, and provide a seamless link from the South Luzon Expressway to the North Luzon Expressway.

SMC spending $1B to build battery energy storage facilities to improve PH power quality

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Corporation (SMC), through its power arm SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., has announced that it is spending over $1 billion to simultaneously build 31 new battery energy storage facilities nationwide, with a rated capacity of 1,000 megawatts.

“Our ongoing investment into battery energy storage facilities will greatly benefit power consumers all over the country, because this will mean that even faraway provinces or areas, can have the same stable and good quality power supply as everywhere else,” SMC president Ramon Ang said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This means that provinces and islands will have better and more equal opportunities for industrialization and economic growth. If previously some areas could not attract investments because of unstable or poor power supply, battery energy storage will make the power supply more stable and reliable. Battery storage will significantly reduce imbalances in the grid that cause power interruptions and brownouts,” he added.

Ang said the company has completed, in 2018, the very first battery energy storage facility in the country in its power plant in Masinloc, Zambales.

It has since embarked on a project of “such historic scale” using a relatively new technology capable of improving power quality throughout the grid system and facilitate the integration of renewable power sources into the country’s generation portfolio, he added.

Ang explained that the technology will boost the flexibility of the country’s power grid and improve power quality by removing excess power and injecting required power at strategic areas within the grid within millisecond level.

This ensures power quality is maintained and that it reaches power users all over the country.

“This can even support equal-opportunity industrialization in many provinces where historically, no industrial plants would locate because of poor power quality,” Ang said.

On top of that, the SMC chief said that battery energy storage facilities can clear the way for the smooth integration of renewable energy sources such as wind or solar into the grid.

“Our country’s challenge with renewables is that it is intermittent, because of its nature. But with strategically located battery storage facilities, this can be mitigated and renewables can become more viable. This will help the transition to more renewable sources of energy in the future,” he said.

The immediate aim though is to address power quality issues.

The battery energy storage projects will be used as regulating reserve type of ancillary service for the country’s major power transmission firm, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), to specifically mitigate grid frequency fluctuation and voltage issues.

Ang said that some of its battery energy storage facilities are now in the advanced stages of completion.

The facilities, which will make up the company’s total committed capacity of over 1000 MW, will be located in several strategic sites from Luzon to Mindanao where power quality mitigations are required.

Toll Regulatory Board approves provisional rates for Skyway 3

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The provisional toll rates for the Skyway Stage 3 have been approved, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on Friday said.

For class 1 vehicles, the provisional toll rates would be:

  • Buendia to Sta. Mesa ₱105.00
  • Sta Mesa to Ramon Magsaysay ₱30.00
  • Ramon Magsaysay to NLEX Balintawak ₱129.00
  • Buendia to NLEX Balintawak ₱264.00

Class 1 vehicles include cars, jeepneys, vans, and pick-ups.

For Class 2 vehicles or buses, trucks, and cars with trailers, toll rates are doubled.

While vehicles under Class 3 or large trucks will have to pay rates thrice the price of Class 1.

The TRB said the provisional toll fee matrix will be published once a week for three consecutive weeks and a bond will be required to be posted by the Petitioner.

“Please note, however, that the approval of provisional toll rates does not automatically mean that the proponent may immediately be given the authority to start collecting toll fees,” the board said.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is the private proponent of the Skyway project and is the parent company of CITRA Central Expressway Corporation.

The TRB said that before SMC could collect toll charges, the Skyway Stage 3 has to be at least 95% complete, the project should be able to operate safely and commercially, and that the expressway must be equipped with a toll collection system.

“Upon compliance with the above-stated requirements, the publication of the toll fee matrix, and posting of the required bond, a TOP (Toll Operating Permit) may be issued together with the Notice to Start Collection,” the board said.

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