'Ruby' damages NGCP power lines in S. Luzon, Visayas

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Posted at Dec 08 2014 01:04 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2014 12:13 AM

A man walks under a fallen electric post in Tacloban City on Sunday after typhoon Ruby made landfall 160 kilometers away in Dolores, Samar. Photo by Marlon Tano, AFP

MANILA (UPDATE) – Several transmission lines and other facilities of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby.

NGCP said the following transmission lines and facilities in Southern Luzon remain without power as of Monday 3 p.m.:

Gumaca-Atimonan 69-kV Line in Atimonan; and Iriga-Barit 13.8-kV Line.

In Visayas, the following lines are still without power:

Palanas Cara-Allen 69-kV Line in Allen, Victoria, San Isidro, and Lavezares; Paranas-Borongan 69-kV Line covering Sulat, Taft, Canavid, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad, Maslog, Borongan, San Julian, Maydolong, Llorente, Salcedo, Guiuan, MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapundan, Giporlos, Balangiga, and Lawaan; and Babatngon-Arado 69-kV Line in Tacloban City, Palo, and Babatngon;

Palanas Cara-Catarman 69-kV Line in Catubig, Gamas, Lao-ang, Pambuhan, Palapag, Las Navas, Bobon, Catarman, Mondragon, San Roque, Rosario, San Jose, and Lope de Vega; Nasaug-San Isidro-St. Bernard 69-kV Line in Sogod, Bontoc, Libagon, Silago, Lio-an, St. Bernard, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, and San Ricardo;

Tolosa-San Isidro 69-kV Line in Macarthur, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Mayorga, and Javier; Calbayog-Palanas Cara 69-kV Line (Catarman Feeder) covering Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita; Ormoc-Tolosa 69-kV Line (Tunga Feeder) in Carigara, Capoocan, Tunga, Barugo, Jaro, Alang-Alang, Sta. Fe, San Miguel, Leyte, Calubian, Burawen, Dagami, Pastrana, Tolosa, Tanauan, Lapaz, Julita, Tabon-tabon, and Dulag;

Maasin-Hilongos 69-kV Line (Hilongos Feeder) in Hilongos, Bato, Hindang, Inopacan, and Matalom; Calbayog-Bliss 69-kV Line (Gandara Feeder) in San Agustin; Tolosa-San Isidro 69-kV Line in Macarthur, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Mayorga, and Javier; Ormoc-Isabel 138-kV Line in Isabel, Merida, and Palompon; Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kV Line in Whole Samar, Tacloban City, Palo, and Babatngon;
Miag-ao – Sibalom 69-kV Line in San Joaquin, Iloilo/ Hamtic, Sibalom, Anini-y, San Jose, and Antique; Babatngon-Paranas 138-kV Line 2 in Babatngon Leyte, and Samar Province; and Simangan-Baybay 69-kV Line in Baybay, Albuera, Merida, and Kananga.

The following facilities were also affected:

Ligao-Pawa 69-kV Line; Babatngon-Paranas 138-kV Line; Hilongos-Baybay 69-kV Line; Ormoc-Cabacungan 350-kV HVDC Line; and Ormoc-Tongonan 138-kV Line.

NGCP said it will continue to monitor and inspect transmission lines and other facilities affected by the passage of the typhoon.

It reminded the public that loss of power may be caused by the affected transmission facilities.

"Necessary preparations and precautions have been implemented to minimize the impact of the storm on NGCP operation and facilities. These include ensuring the availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work," NGCP said.

'Ruby' damage

NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza, meanwhile, said initial assessment in the Samar and Leyte provinces showed that power lines in the region did not sustain as much damage compared to last year’s devastation due to Typhoon Yolanda.

She said the power transmission service provider has yet to determine when power will be fully restored in the affected areas.

“We only began our line patrol today so it’s very difficult for us to give a restoration schedule this early in the day because we are expecting the full report to come in and as soon as those figures are finalized, then we can give a restoration schedule. But right now, the backbone in the Samar-Leyte area looks like it didn’t sustain as much damage as it did in ‘Yolanda,’” she told ANC.