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NGCP intensifies
Visayas power restoration

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has intensified power restoration in the “Yolanda” ravaged areas in the Visayas region and has energized Bohol, that was hit by a 7.2 earthquake that had downed power lines in the island province.

Cynthia Perez-Alabanza of the NGCP said the power transmission firm sustains its coordination with the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration and other agencies in a bid to restore power in the region in time for the Christmas season.

NGCP has intensified the mobilization of its manpower resources to facilitate the restoration of damaged transmission lines and substations in the Visayas area, that, according to its assessment, numbered more than 2,000 structures.

Around 1,400 line personnel, including hired contractors from all over the country are currently deployed in the affected-Visayas regions to speed up power restoration.

The NGCP continues its appeal for the public’s cooperation, particularly private landowners, to allow line personnel to enter and repair the lines traversing their land properties.

NGCP linemen and maintenance personnel have already erected the power transmission tower along the Ormoc-Maasin138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line that transmits electricity generated in Leyte to Bohol Island.

The line was energized Nov. 24, that also led to the energization of the Maasin-Ubay 138-kV line directly supplying power to Bohol.

Despite inclement weather in the region, NGCP assured that restoration activities are scheduled on time to meet DOE’s order of bringing back power before Christmas time to the Visayas-affected regions that were plunged into darkness at the height of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

The Marshalling-Tabango 230kV transmission line in the northern part of Leyte Island was fully restored and energized 12 days after “Yolanda”.

The restored transmission line supplies electricity from Cebu to Leyte and allows the energization of the Ormoc Substation that serves the Leyte Electric Cooperative V, and paved the way for other towns and Ormoc City to regain electricity.*PNA

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