Napocor to assist co-op restore power in Onyok-hit areas

by Lenie Lectura – December 24, 2015

from Business Mirror

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) has moved to assist Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ormeco) in restoring power.

Last week’s Tropical Depression Onyok wreaked havoc in the Visayas, Bicol and Mimaropa regions, devastating distribution lines and leaving provinces with no electricity.

The Napocor and Ormeco were able to restore on Sunday the 69 kilovolt line that links the Calapan Substation to Minolo Substation in Puerto Galera.

The 50-kilometer line section sustained damage from the typhoon.

Napocor’s Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) has also inspected the entire 85-km south transmission line from Calapan to Bansud to account for the damage and identify the cost for its rehabilitation. Power has been restored to four of the seven towns of the Second District of the province. These are Bongabong, Roxas, Mansalay and Bulalacao towns.

Meanwhile, two towns of the First District were reenergized. These are Calapan City and Puerto Galera. The Napocor said the transmission lines in the rest of the towns and cities were severely damaged by the typhoon. Ormeco said the partial estimated cost of damage is P290 million. This includes damage in the distribution lines, substations and Ormeco’s mini-hydro facilities. During the Napocor’s meeting with Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro last week, the state firm said it will expedite the rehabilitation through emergency procurement for the heavily damaged transmission lines. It will replace damaged poles with new ones at a cost estimated at over P100 milliion.

“A total rehabilitation of the transmission system will minimize the impact of the typhoons to the operations of the lines,” the Napocor added.