Power grid operator NGCP says restoration systems in place

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2019 09:54 AM | Updated as of Dec 03 2019 10:08 AM

Typhoon Tisoy topples trees and power lines in Legazpi City. Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The operator of the Philippines' power grid said Tuesday it was prepared to restore its infrastructure in case of damage due to Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri).

These include pre-fabricated blocks and steel pieces that can be used to rebuild fallen towers "in just a few days," said National Grid Corp spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza.

The NGCP is the private firm that operates the grid, or the transmission lines between power plants and distribution utilities. A Philippine government company, Transco, owns the grid infrastructure.

"We can erect one tower without heavy equipment, with only our line personnel in the middle of a mountain, or in the middle of a field and we can do that, one or two line personnel a day," Alabanza told ANC's Headstart.

Tisoy whipped the Bicol and Southern Luzon regions overnight, damaging the Legazpi City airport and triggering a storm surge in at least one coastal town.

The NGCP is "very concerned" for Metro Manila, where most of the transmission lines are located, Alabanza said.

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