• Right-of-way claim stalls NGCP works

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    COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has warned that power outages may continue to affect Mindanao as repair works on its tower in Ramain, Lanao del Sur was stopped after its technical team was refused entry by a landowner where the toppled tower is located.

    The NGCP said a Maranao landowner, who was not identified, prevented its technical people to do repair works, claiming the government failed to pay the right of way claims for his piece of land where the Tower 25 sits.

    On Christmas Eve, NGCP Steel Tower No. 25 in Barangay Gandamatu, Ramain was bombed and toppled by still unidentified suspects that led two government operated power generation facilities to be isolated off the Mindanao grid.

    “The toppling of Tower 25 led to the isolation of government owned generating facilities, namely the Agus 1 & 2 Hydro Electric Plants. As a result, 58MW was lost from the grid, aggravating the existing power shortage in Mindanao,” NGCP said.

    Another steel tower in Carmen, North Cotabato was also bombed on the same day but repair works have been completed three days later.

    The NGCP warned that the longer the repair works are delayed, chances of aggravating supply deficiency in the grid increases.

    Meanwhile, as of January 1, 2016, the power outlook for Mindanao showed that it has available capacity of 1,358 megawatts (MW) and 223 MW reserves.

    Restoring lines
    Meanwhile, the NGCP line personnel are working round-the-clock to restore the transmission lines affected by the Typhoon Nona even during the holiday season.

    Among these lines were Cabanatuan-San Isidro 69-kV in Nueva Ecija, Bangabon-Baler 69-kV in Aurora and Palanas-Cara-Catarman 69-kV in Northern Samar.

    The three lines suffered the most from Nona’s wrath, which left with 342 transmission structures either washed-out, toppled, leaning, or with broken parts.

    The NGCP said going to the transmission sites poses as challenge where roads were not passable due to landslides.

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