Two major power lines in Leyte and Iloilo have been restored weeks ahead of schedule, bringing back electricity in the areas ravaged by Super typhoon Yolanda.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced that at about 8 p.m. Friday, lights were turned on for the first time at the Ormoc City Hall in Leyte two weeks after the typhoon struck.
Power was restored after the NGCP energized its Ormoc-Simangan 69-kiloVolt (kV)
In Iloilo, NGCP also energized its Dingle-Natividad 69-kV line at 6:51PM on the same day.
“We are very happy to have completed the restoration of these lines this early, weeks ahead of the original schedule,” NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said.
“We will continue to work harder to complete the rest of the work required to energize all affected areas as early as possible,” Alabanzas said.
NGCP earlier reported that 1,959 transmission facilities were damaged in the typhoon, including backbone transmission lines, steel poles, and a converter station.
To speed up the repairs, NGCP said it has been installing Emergency Restoration Systems (ERS) to replace downed transmission lines.
ERS is a temporary transmission pole that can last up to 10 years.
Permanent poles will be erected as soon as the power situation in the
affected areas stabilizes.
MADELAINE B. MIRAFLOR