ORION: Five towns and one city in Bataan plunged into darkness when lightning hit a power line on Friday night.
The towns of Pilar, Limay, Mariveles, Bagac and Orion and Balanga City was without electricity for 30 minutes to about two hours when lightning struck the 32 KV Line and caused the tripping of the 69 KV Line at the substation of the Peninsula Electric Cooperative here.
Herman Taasan, foreman of the Orion substation, said there was a strong thunder and lightning at about 5:00 p.m.
“Tinamaan ng kidlat ang 32KV distribution line at nabasag ang apat na suspension insulators. Sumabay ang tripping ng 69KV transmission line kaya naapektuhan ang system [Lightning hit the 32KV distribution line and the four suspension insulators broke. The 69KV transmission line tripped so the system was affected], ” the foreman explained.
Taasan showed two of the four thick and heavy-duty insulators that were broken by the lightning. He said the insulators have the capacity of 32,000 volts but were no much to the strength of the lightning.
“Kumpleto ng lightning arresters ang mga substations pero may pagkakataong lumulusot pa rin ang malakas na kidlat [The substations have lighting arresters but there are instances when strong lighting surges pass through],” Taasan said.
He said that the electricians immediately worked on the two lines and restored was power in two hours.
The power outage did not last long in some areas after Penelco and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) shifted the load to the Hermosa line, also in Bataan, said an NGCP regional corporate communication officer.
After a very hot day, most parts of Bataan experienced light rains, strong thunder and lightning on Friday afternoon.