NGCP completes restoration of power lines affected by ‘Jolina’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2021   •   229

Power transmission operations in Visayas are back to normal after the successful restoration of lines affected by Severe Tropical Storm Jolina.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that the normalization of the Visayas grid came after the last affected line, the Calbayos-Bliss 69kV line, was restored on Friday (September 10) at 7:33 a.m.

Transmission services in other affected areas are now under normal operations.

The NGCP also said it will continue to monitor the weather system due to Typhoon Kiko and will provide updates when necessary.

NGCP tower in Lanao del Sur town bombed

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

A transmission line segment in Maguing town in Lanao del Sur was bombed by still unidentified perpetrators, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Thursday.

“NGCP’s Tower #65 of the Agus 2-Kibawe 138kV line in Maguing, Lanao del Sur was bombed today, December 2,” the agency said in a statement.

“Repair of tower 65 will commence as soon as the area is secured,” it added.

The NGCP said this transmission line segment has been “unenergized since September 2021 due to sabotage of its insulators by still unknown individuals.”

The NGCP appealed to the local and national government, local community leaders, and the public, to help identify the perpetrators of the bombings.

The company stressed that “the bombings only serve to increase the burden of the public, which must suffer through service interruptions when towers are bombed.”

It also asked for help from local authorities in negotiating with “uncooperative landowners” to prevent longer power interruptions.

Luzon Grid under yellow alert – NGCP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Wednesday said that a yellow alert has been raised over the Luzon Grid.

In an advisory, the NGCP said that the yellow alert will be in effect from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

A yellow alert means that the grid has thin reserves based on the supply and demand but does not necessarily mean power outages.

The grid operator said this is due to unplanned outages of some power plants in the country.

The NGCP said that the available capacity is at 10,935 megawatts (MW) while the operating requirement is at 10,514MW, resulting in the net operating margin of 32MW

The grid operator said that the following plants are on unplanned outage and derated capacities:

Plants on forced outage

• Sual Unit 2 – 590MW
• GN Power Unit 1 – 316MW
• SLTEC Unit 1 – 121MW
• SLPGC Unit 2 – 150MW
• Limay Unit 3 – 54MW

Plants with derated capacities

• Calaca Unit 1 – 225MW (derated by 75MW)
• SCPC Unit 3 – 90MW (derated by 60MW)

The NGCP said there is a 1,366MW total unavailable energy due to the plant outages and derating of capacity.

NVOC assures no COVID-19 vaccines destroyed due to recent storms

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Vaccinations Operations Center (NVOC) on Monday assured that no COVID-19 vaccines were affected in the onslaught of two storms, Jolina and Kiko, that barrelled through the country last week.

In a televised briefing, NVOC representative Dr. Kezia Rosario said the COVID-19 vaccine shots were transported temporarily to provincial health offices for safekeeping in areas affected by the storms.

Rosario also said that even cold chain storage facilities housing the vaccines were safe.

 “Lahat ng bakuna natin during the time of the bagyo were safe po at na-store po siya properly at hindi po tayo nagkaroon ng excursion sa temperature nito. So they are still effective and puwede pa po siyang ibigay sa mga vaccinees natin,” she said.

During the onslaught of Jolina, at least 19 municipalities in the Bicol region suspended vaccination operations while 49 areas in the Eastern Visayas region stopped the inoculation process.

At least three towns in Cagayan Valley also halted their vaccine rollouts due to Typhoon Kiko.

Rosario, however, said that the vaccination operations in the said areas have since resumed when the skies cleared.

The NVOC has yet to get an update on the vaccination rollout in Batanes that was battered by Kiko over the weekend.

“We do not have any updates pa po kung ilan iyong municipalities ng Batanes. But as of now, we know that all of the vaccines were transported doon sa provincial health offices for storage for the time being. And iyong sa Itbayat na vaccines, it was also transported sa district hospital nila for the time being,” she said.

The NVOC official assured that they have prepared response plans during calamities to ensure the safety of the vaccine supply.

“We also have rolled out ‘no and enforced iyong pag-establish ng mga vaccine security teams not only in the National Vaccine Operations Center kung hindi po sa Regional Vaccine Operations Center natin at saka sa Local Vaccine Operations Center,” she said.

“Sila po ay mag-i-ensure that bago pa man dumating ang bagyo nakahanda na po lahat ng preparations para maprotektahan natin iyong cold chain at saka ma-maintain natin iyong temperature ng mga vaccines natin. Kung kailangan sila i-transport immediately, gagawin po iyon,” she added.

Generators are also on standby in case of power interruptions that may affect cold storage facilities.

“And also, na-orient na po iyong mga vaccination teams natin that once the bagyo ay matapos na po ay ma-ensure nila that they can resume the vaccination activities immediately at saka mabigay nila iyong mga bakuna immediately,” Rosario said.


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