Date Published: 1/4/2017 2:00:00 PM
Power grid operator and transmission service provider, NGCP, is set to fully restore power transmission services to its grid-connected customers affected by Typhoon Nina today, 04 January, with the energization of the Tabaco and Malinao Load End Substation, serving the Albay Power & Energy Corporation (APEC).
NGCP's restoration team used 230-kiloVolt bypass lines to immediately normalize transmission services. For smaller lines delivering directly to households, the public is advised to coordinate with the local distribution utilities covering their cities or municipalities.
Repairs on the 41 damaged transmission lines are on-going, 37 of which have been repaired and re-energized. A total of 707 transmission structures were damaged along the affected lines. Thirty-five of these transmission towers are hundreds of feet tall.
NGCP had earlier dispatched around 500 personnel from North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to repair the damaged lines. Six more line gangs, or around 50 linemen, from Mindanao are expected to come in this week to assist the restoration team stationed in Albay.
"We are thankful for the relentless efforts of our linemen, engineers, technical and support staff, who have been working non-stop-even spending the Christmas and New Year holidays in the field, far away from their families-to bring back transmission services at the soonest possible time," NGCP said.
The grid operator is also augmenting security forces onsite but also appeals to the local communities to help safeguard the downed steel towers from theft or pilferage. The conductors and insulators may still be used to expedite the repairs on other structures.
NGCP is continuously taking the necessary preparations, as institutionalized in its Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP), to minimize the impact of succeeding typhoons and disasters on NGCP operations and facilities.###