Bohol gets power from Cebu, WV; EDC maintains 70% target

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Bohol gets power from Cebu, WV; EDC maintains 70% target

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ Ormoc Substation in Leyte. (Photo: NGCP)

The province of Bohol on Friday was allocated supplemental but limited power supply through the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) allowing electricity to flow to towns blanketed by darkness for over a week.

According to NGCP Visayas spokesperson Betty Martinez, the power was harnessed from the Cebu-Negros-Panay grid and the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) power plants in Leyte.

Power supply coursed through the 138-kV Ormoc-Maasin line was transmitted to distributor Bohol Electric Cooperative (BOHECO) II which serves 21 towns.

In its latest update at 3PM, the NGCP said that a total of 56 MW have been drawn from the said sources in Cebu and Leyte.

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However, only six MW were earmarked for Bohol so far.

For his part, former press secretary and EDC vice president for communications Ricky Carandang told the Chronicle that the Lopez-led energy firm has restored 10 MW to the grid.

“So far only about 10 MW but by Sunday that will ramp up to 269 MW,” said Carandang.

The EDC experienced hitches in repairs during the past days hampering the full restoration of power but Carandang said that their goal for next week remained the same.

“That’s still our target,” said Carandang on the previously bared plan to restore 70 percent of the power provided by the EDC before the quake rattled Leyte and damaged the firm’s power plants.

Carandang had earlier noted that “315-320 MW” will be restored to the grid by the end of next week, adding that the EDC was providing 460 MW before the earthquake on July 6.

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However, the EDC official admitted that harsh weather conditions could slacken progress and push back completion of repair efforts.

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“Note that some of the repairs are weather dependent,” said Carandang. “Aftershocks could potentially delay repairs too. But we are doing our best to meet the timelines.”

Meanwhile, the NGCP also continued to repair and replace damaged facilities and equipment including transformers which were crippled by the 6.5-magnitude tremor.

“Even with the energization of its lines and with partial restoration of power, NGCP will still work to simultaneously repair and replace damaged facilities in order to permanently restore power transmission services in the affected provinces,” the NGCP said.

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