Cusi: Restoration of energy facilities in full swing

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MOTORISTS pass fallen street lights destroyed by super typhoon Lawin (Haima) in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province, north of Manila on October 21, 2016. Super typhoon Lawin, one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines, killed at least 13 people on October 20 as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

ENERGY Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has directed concerned energy agencies to execute full and immediate restoration of power facilities damaged by super-typhoon “Lawin.”

“Restoration of power facilities are underway to bring back electricity service in the typhoon-hit areas in Northern Luzon,” said Cusi.

The Secretary said, “Public safety is the primary consideration when it comes to rehabilitation, so we have to first check and assess the effect of the typhoon to these facilities.”

“I am also urging our kababayans to coordinate with their local officials and authorities on any incidents affecting these facilities and for their families to take extra caution in using their electrical equipment,” Cusi advised.

“On the distribution lines, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) is monitoring and assessing the status of electric cooperatives (EC) for rehabilitation.”

“The typhoon-affected areas are covered by 14 ECs including the Cagayan I & II Electric Cooperatives (CAGELCO I & II), Isabela I & II Electric Cooperatives (ISELCO), Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO), Quirino Electric Cooperative (QUIRELCO), Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO), Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO), Mt. Province Electric Cooperative (MOPRECO), Ifugao Electric Cooperative (IFELCO), Kalinga Electric Cooperative (KAELCO), Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC), Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO) and La Union Electric Cooperative (LUELCO).”

Cusi said, “As of October 20, 2016, 7:00 pm, the ECs have partially or totally restored electricity service in 31 municipalities out of the 248 municipalities or 12.5 percent of the typhoon-affected areas as follows: two in BENECO, seven in ISECO, 12 in LUELCO, one in ISELCO I and nine under NUVELCO.”

As of 2:00 p.m.(October 21), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported the status of the rehabilitation on the following transmission lines servicing the provinces of La Union, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Cagayan, Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte Sur, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino:

I. RESTORED LINES:

A. Gamu-Tuguegarao 230kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Isabela Electric Cooperative I

2. Cagayan Electric Cooperative II

3. Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 9:02PM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 9:25PM

B. Bauang-San Fernando 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. La Union Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 3:26AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 8:31AM

C. Santiago-Aglipay 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Quirino Electric Cooperative

2. Isabela Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 6:33AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 9:21AM

D. Bayombong-Lagawe 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ifugao Electric Cooperative

2. Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 12:42AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 10:01AM (partially restored)

E. La Trinidad-Sablan 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Benguet Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 10:50PM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 12:06PM

F. Bauang-Naguilian 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. La Union Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 8:47PM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 2:43PM

G. La Trinidad-Ampucao 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Benguet Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 12:15AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 5:23PM

H. Bacnotan-Bulala 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. La Union Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 1:23AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 5:37PM

I. Bantay-Sto Domingo 69 kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 2:03AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 4:23PM

J. San Esteban- Bangued 69 kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Abra Electric Cooperative

2. Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 12:20AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 5:50PM

K. San Esteban- Candon 69 kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 2:45AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 6:33PM

L. Santiago-Alicia-Cabatuan-Alfonsolista 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ifugao Electric Cooperative

2. Isabela Electric Cooperative II

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 12:18AM

Date/time restored: 20-Oct/ 4:13PM

II. Lines still affected:

A. Currimao-Langayan 69kV lineCustomer/s affected:1. Ilocos Norte Electric CooperativeDate/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 2:03AM

B. Currimao-San Nicolas 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 1:22AM

C. Cauayan-Reina Mercedes 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Isabela Electric Cooperative I

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 9:24PM

D. Gamu-Ilagan-Naguilian-Reina Mercedes 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Isabela Electric Cooperative I

2. Isabela Electric Cooperative II

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 7:13PM

E. Gamu-Roxas 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Isabela Electric Cooperative II

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 10:13PM

F. La Trinidad-Mankayan-Sagada 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Benguet Electric Cooperative

2. Mountain Province Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 6:40PM

G. Laoag-Marcos 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 2:17AM

H. Laoag-San Nicolas 69KV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 20-Oct/ 1:08AM

I. Santiago-Cauayan 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Isabela Electric Cooperative I

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 11:16PM

J. Tuguegarao-Magapit-Camalaniugan Sta. Ana 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Cagayan Electric Cooperative I

2. Cagayan Electric Cooperative II

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 8:27PM

K. Tuguegarao-Tabuk 69kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Cagayan Electric Cooperative I

2. Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 8:40PM

L. Itogon-Ampucao/Philex 23kV line

Customer/s affected:

1. Benguet Electric Cooperative

Date/time of outage: 19-Oct/ 11:39PM

III. The following facilities are ready for energization but remain de-energized upon request of the respective distribution utilities:

A. Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC)

1. Currimao – Langayan 69-kv line

2. Currimao – San Nicolas 69-kv line

3. Laoag – Marcos 69-kv line

4. Laoag – San Nicolas 69-kv line

In the same report, the NGCP also said that these lines will be energized upon the clearance of the concerned EC.

Earlier, Cusi enjoined the NGCP and NEA to initiate disaster preparedness and emergency responses for the power sector to minimize the adverse impact of the supertyphoon and to ensure the easy mobilization of assets for the rehabilitation of affected areas.

— Philippines News Agency

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