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Marubeni to help build smart grid in Philippines

Project with power providers for green city at former US base site

Manila Electric workers balance on power grid lines. The utility is joining with Japanese companies to build a smart grid for a city under construction in the Philippines.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Marubeni said Thursday that it will team with Kansai Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power to efficiently deliver electricity to a Filipino green city being built on the site of a former U.S. military base.

The companies will build a smart grid for New Clark City containing 45 km of power lines and about 30,000 electricity meters that can transmit data. The city's power needs are projected at 250 MW. Power will first be supplied to events in the city related to the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting this year.

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