Date Published: 2/22/2017
NGCP is urging the public to observe the prescribed clearances within the transmission line right-of-way (ROW), after a spate of unscheduled and avoidable power interruptions occurred in the province of Leyte and Samar cause by ROW clearance violations.
On January 17, a coconut tree breached the ROW clearance of the Borongan-Quinapondan 69-kV line, affecting Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ESAMELCO). At 7PM on the same day, a bamboo scaffolding fell on the Ormoc-Lemon-Tolosa-San Isidro 69kV line, causing power interruption for customers five electric cooperatives – Biliran Electric Cooperative (BILECO), Leyte V Electric Cooperative (LEYECO V), Leyte III Electric Cooperative (LEYECO III), and Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative (DORELCO).
On January 24, Leyte IV Electric Cooperative (LEYECO IV) and LEYECO V suffered a repeat power interruption due to a toppled coconut tree violating the Ormoc-Baybay 69kV line clearance. Also on the same day, strong winds caused a bamboo tree to lean on the Nasaug-Sogod-St.Bernard 69kV line, affecting the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO).
NGCP is appealing for the support of the public to keep ROW clearances free of any and all obstructions. “While NGCP continues to work towards improving power transmission lines and facilities, we depend on our partner communities to help us maintain over 20,000 circuit kilometers of transmission lines. These right-of-way violations and the subsequent power interruption and inconvenience to consumers it usually brings are avoidable.”
All power interruptions caused by right-of-way violations have since been restored and the lines energized. ###