• Power transmission line rehab starts

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    THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has started rehabilitating the 69-kiloVolt (kV) Palanas-Cara-Catarman line.

    The move, according to NGCP, will provide a more secure and reliable power transmission service to consumers in Northern Samar by early 2016.

    Part of the rehabilitation entails the installation of 169 steel poles to replace the dilapidated wood poles to bolster the transmission line’s integrity.

    “The replacement of wood poles along the Palanas-Cara-Catarman line not only ensures efficient and secure delivery of power to our customers in Northern Samar, but also enhances the stability of the entire Visayas grid,” NGCP said in a statement.

    The line is part of the nationwide network of transmission assets NGCP took over in 2009.
    It is responsible for transmitting power to the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (NORSAMELCO).

    “It is part of NGCP’s mandate to ensure the stability and reliability of transmission lines and facilities,” NGCP said.

    NORSAMELCO customers will experience power interruptions while the rehabilitation works are in progress. Line shutdowns will be implemented.

    “Power interruptions will be felt by consumers throughout the province of Northern Samar,” the company said in a statement.

    The power interruptions will happen from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, starting November 14, 2015 until January 23, 2016.

    For typhoon-prone Samar, the NGCP said this development will lessen the impact of natural disasters on power transmission.

    “NGCP also continues to study other possible improvements on transmission services for future implementation in the area,” the company added.

    The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession to operate the country’s power transmission network, consists of the Henry Sy Jr.-led Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., Robert Coyiuto Jr.’s Calaca High Power Corp., and the State Grid Corp. of China as technical partner.

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