Power in Cebu to be restored in ‘a week,’ say NGCP, power firms

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THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) and at least two power distributors in Cebu assured local officials that they will be able to restore electricity in areas heavily stricken by Typhoon Odette (Rai) within the week.

Officials from NGCP, Visayan Electric Co., and the Cebu Electric Cooperative (Cebeco) gave the assurance before Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during a meeting at the Capitol on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

According to a Sugbo News report, Garcia urged NGCP and the two Cebu-based power distributors to expedite the restoration of power supply in the Province.

During the meeting, officials from Visayan Electric said they are now doing clearing operations and assessment of areas where their electric posts were affected.

As for NGCP, it reported to Garcia that it had yet to get power supply from Leyte so it can initially power up parts of Cebu through its power distributors.

The NGCP is also continuing to assess the damage of its transmission towers, which is among the challenges in restoring power in Cebu.

In a statement, NGCP said they had initiated aerial inspection and foot patrol in all areas affected by Typhoon Odette, including Cebu, so they can start power restoration efforts.

Although transmission services were fully restored in the provinces of Capiz, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental on Dec. 17, and Zamboanga del Sur on Dec. 16, restoration is still ongoing for transmission facilities serving the entire Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Negros islands, Bohol, Iloilo, Antique, the entire Surigao and Agusan provinces, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

The NGCP said around 65 line gangs composed of 500 of its personnel and around two choppers have been deployed to expedite restoration works.

It also denied reports circulating on social media that it may take more than a month before it can restore power to areas affected by the typhoon.

“NGCP will release its restoration schedule after completion of its damage assessment. All official and authorized communications will be released via our official social media pages on Facebook and Twitter,” the NGCP said in its official Facebook page.

On the other hand, Visayan Electric reported that one of its partners, Cebu Private Power Corp. (CPPC), will start energizing to provide 18 megawatts of power to medical facilities, water providers and other vital institutions that were affected heavily by Typhoon Odette.

As of 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 18, the franchise area of Visayan Electric was still experiencing a blackout. And as of that time, the NGCP said it had cleared the high voltage direct current; however, the marshaling station in Tongonan was still down.

Visayan Electric serves about 1.73 million people in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and the towns of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

Water

As for water, the Metropolitan Cebu Water District said it has been able to bring water to 30.46 percent of its franchise area through the use of generator sets.

The water utility said it was still trying to find a way to get to its other water pumps, which are still difficult to access. (with PR)

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