Power has been fully restored in Negros Island as restoration work in the typhoon-damaged power facilities in the Visayas continues, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines yesterday said.
It said in a statement that Negros Island was fully re-energized as of Sunday, after the 57 toppled or affected lines of the Cadiz-San Carlos 69-kilovolt line and 69kV Silay-Victoria lines in the northern part of the island were repaired.
“NGCP is also simultaneously restoring lines and substations in other parts of the Visayas to meet the government’s deadline of December 24,” it said.
Super-typhoon "Yolanda" damaged 15 substations in the Visayas when it wrought havoc from Nov. 8-9. Ten of the damaged substations are now ready to be re-energized once all the lines connected to it are fully operational.
The NGCP said 19 transmission lines were affected and the priorities are the lines interconnecting Luzon to the Visayas, Leyte to Cebu and Leyte to Bohol.
“With the completion of the High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) line connecting Luzon and Visayas, NGCP will be able to share the power supply coming from Luzon to the Visayas islands,” it said.
The grid operator said it is also restoring two lines connecting Leyte to Cebu and Bohol to provide capacity from Leyte to the other two islands.
The grid operator said a total of 566 structures were toppled or broken during the typhoon. Because of the vast devastation, NGCP deployed about 1,400 line personnel to the Visayas for the immediate restoration of power in the area.*PNA
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