• Restoration of power in Visayas nears completion

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    The repair of transmission lines damaged by super typhoon Yolanda is already nearing completion. Thus, the power in Eastern Visayas, which was hardly hit by the typhoon, is seen to go back soon.

    “Our restoration activities are right on track. More and more cooperatives are being connected through our transmission facilities which means more households will have power,” Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, spokesman of National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), said.

    “We are still positive that we will meet DOE’s [Department of Energy] deadline for completion,” she added.

    The latest development in NGCP’s restoration efforts is the normalization of the Ormoc-Cabacungan 350-kilovolt (kV) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) line in Leyte, which now allows up to 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity to flow from Luzon to Visayas during peak hours, thereby adding to the existing power supply of the Visayas grid.

    Based on the transmission grid operator’s latest report, eleven more transmission lines were already energized, six of which are in Leyte, while the rest are in Panay Island.

    NGCP was also able to connect Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant to the grid with the energization of the TGPP-Ormoc 138-kV transmission line on December 18. The plant which is operated by Green Core, Inc, a subsidiary of Energy Development Corporation, supplies around 112 megawatts to the Visayas grid.

    NGCP, in coordination with the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration, and other concerned agencies, committed to bring back the power in the region in time for Christmas.

    As of December 6, NGCP completed the repair of eight more 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines in Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Capiz.

    As early as December 1, the grid operator already energized three 69-kV lines, including the Paranas-Taft line segment servicing Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative (ESAMELCO), which distributes power to the whole province of Eastern Samar where Typhoon Yolanda first made landfall. AFP

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