After experiencing difficulty in restoring transmission facilities damaged by typhoons, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has acquired new models of Emergency Restoration System (ERS) structures.
NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy, Jr. said the new ERS structures will speed up the power restoration process during calamities.
“This will definitely change the way we restore transmission
facilities,” Sy said in a statement.
He added that improvement, in terms of efficiency and speed, of their restoration process will benefit not just NGCP and its direct customers but more importantly, the power consumers.
ERS structures are temporary transmission towers used during urgent restoration activities, usually after a typhoon. The towers are lightweight and take a shorter time to assemble compared to a conventional transmission tower.
According to NGCP, the new ERS model is lighter and has smaller cross-sectional dimensions which make it easier, faster, and safer to transport and erect.
Despite its light weight, the ERS structures are strong and durable, and can withstand typhoon wind speeds.
To complement the new purchase, NGCP also trained its personnel composed of chief engineers, line engineers, line foremen, and linemen to familiarize them with the replacement model.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid.
It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.
NGCP’s regular maintenance activities, expansion, and upgrading projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to grid-connected customers like generators, distributors, and large industries.
It can be recalled that when typhoon “Glenda” hit Luzon and some parts of the Visayas, NGCP’s transmission facilities were devastated, causing power outages in the affected areas.