State-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) has joined the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ormeco) in restoring power to some areas of the province hit recently by Typhoon Nona.
Power has been restored in four of the seven towns of Oriental Mindoro’s second district, namely Bongabong, Roxas, Mansalay and Bulalacao. Two towns in the first district – Calapan City and Puerto Galera – have also received back their power.
In a statement, Napocor said the agency and Ormeco restored last Sunday the 50-kilometer Calapan Substation to Minolo Substation (Puerto Galera) 69 kV line section after it sustained damages from the typhoon.
Ormeco has placed the estimate cost of damage to its facilities at P290 million, which affected the distribution lines, substations and its mini-hydro facilities.
Napocor’s Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) has also inspected the entire 85-km south transmission line from Calapan to Bansud to account for all damage and identify the cost of rehabilitation.
Most of the SPUG plants in the typhoon-hit areas are ready to resume operations pending restoration of the electric cooperatives’ distribution lines.
The transmission lines in the rest of the towns and cities had been severely damaged by the typhoon.
Napocor said it will expedite the rehabilitation of the heavily damaged transmission lines through emergency procurements, as well as the replacement of the poles, which are estimated to require more than P100 million.