NGCP restores power transmission to Cebu, Leyte, Samar provinces

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THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has restored power transmission services to Cebu and Leyte/Samar islands, it announced at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

It also set Dec. 25, Christmas Day, as the target restoration for Mindanao provinces.

However, the schedule refers only to transmission services, and not to distribution services or generating capacity.

“NGCP successfully energized the provinces of Samar, Cebu and Leyte, today, Dec. 20, following the implementation of its alternative power restoration scheme after the passage of Typhoon Odette,” it said on its Facebook page.

NGCP started implementing the alternative power restoration scheme, beginning with the successful synchronization of Leyte A Malitbog Unit 1 with Tongonan Power Plant, extending power to the Cebu subgrid.

With this, power transmission services were gradually extended to parts of Samar (Norsamelco, Samelco I, Samelco II, Esamelco), Cebu (Cebeco II, Visayan Electric) and Leyte (Bileco, Leyeco II, Leyeco V).

NGCP said, however, that while transmission services have been extended through an interim scheme, restoration of damaged 69kV lines is still ongoing.

Assessment of the extent of damage in other parts of Leyte, Negros and Bohol is still ongoing. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, a total of 12 towers and 462 transmission structures were found damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai).

NGCP targets energization of three 138kV backbone lines in Cebu on Dec. 21 and 22, while the 138kV backbone line serving Leyte is targeted for restoration Monday, Dec. 20.

NGCP has fully restored transmission services to the provinces of Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Biliran, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Davao Oriental. (PR)

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