Chinese firm helps NGCP fix typhoon-damaged lines

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

THE State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) sent a team of expert to areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda to help restore power transmission lines.

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) corporate communications manager Elmer Cruz said 11 experts on high voltage direct current (HVDC), transmission line design and transmission line construction are in Leyte and northern Cebu to fix power transmission facilities.

Cruz said the immediate restoration of power lines and power sources in Leyte is important because it would mean that supply from geothermal sources to Cebu will be restored.

The Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) grid is experiencing rational power outages for at least one hour a day because one-third of its supply, which comes from the geothermal plants in Leyte, were destroyed by the typhoon.


NGCP, a consortium of businessman Henry Sy Jr. and SGCC, took over the operation and maintenance of transmission facilities in the country when the State-owned National Transmission Corp. was privatized.

NGCP promised to make typhoon-damaged transmission facilities operational again before Christmas.

NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Perez-Alabanza said that as of Nov. 28, NGCP has already re-energized two 230-kilovolt (KV) lines and four 138-KV lines in Leyte and two 138-KV lines in Samar.

These represent five of the eight priority transmission grid backbones for restoration. They transmit electricity to substations that will allow energize Samar and Leyte.

“These restoration updates are good news to the Visayas. However, NGCP would like to clarify that, although our transmission facilities are restored, some municipalities may still experience rotational brownouts because of supply deficiency,” said Perez-Alabanza.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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