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NGCP energizes replacement transformer ahead of July 31 deadline

Date Published: 7/28/2017

In its efforts to expedite the restoration of power transmission services in the earthquake-affected provinces in Visayas, NGCP energized its replacement 150MVA transformer in Ormoc Substation on July 28, ahead of the July 31 deadline set by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The 150MVA transformer, and another spare 100MVA transformer, from NGCP’s Compostela Substation in Cebu was disassembled and hauled to the Ormoc Substation last July 19. Upon its arrival in Ormoc on July 20, the equipment was immediately subject to assembly and testing to ensure the reliability of equipment before commissioning.

NGCP previously energized two out of six transformers in Ormoc Substation last July 13 and a third transformer last July 17. With the replacement transformer online, NGCP will minimize, if not eliminate, rotating power interruptions and provide a more reliable power supply to the affected islands of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, and Biliran.

“Our plans proceeded earlier than scheduled because of the passion and dedication of our people. Our engineers, linemen, and staff worked tirelessly to set all our restoration plans into motion until we restored the reliability of services which we provide our stakeholders. They can be assured that NGCP will continue its work to completely restore all affected facilities,” stated NGCP.

NGCP is simultaneously conducting repair on the two remaining Transformers 1 and 6 in Ormoc Substation, as well as the Luzon-Visayas High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC). NGCP exerted all efforts to expedite the delivery of needed parts for the repair of HVDC, reducing the delivery time from the usual months to just 20 days.

Since the earthquake hit Leyte last July 6, NGCP employed a simultaneous strategy of Repair, Replace, and Reconfiguration in order to normalize the transmission of power to the affected provinces before DOE’s July 31 deadline. ###






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