DUMAGUETE CITY – Power was fully restored on Wednesday in Negros Oriental, where several towns and this city were affected by massive brownouts since Monday due to the tripping of the 69-kilovolt (kV) Amlan-Siaton transmission line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II (Noreco II), the distribution utility that supplies power from NGCP to households and establishments, in a media advisory said it restored power in Siaton town, the last area to have electricity back, at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, “after loading Feeder 2 of Siaton substation to (the) Bayawan substation.”
“Noreco II implemented these temporary measures to be able to fully energize the coverage area since NGCP gave the timeframe for the restoration of power to be on Friday noon, the earliest,” the firm said.
At around 3:01 a.m. last Monday, the 69kV high-voltage line in Amlan tripped, causing power outages from Barangay Calo in San Jose to the entire area of Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Siaton.
Noreco II was able to isolate its Pulantubig substation here thus, areas it services had power immediately restored, while many parts of Dumaguete and other areas have no electricity until around 3 p.m. also on Monday.
However, the power outages dragged on to the next day as NGCP told Noreco II that the delay in the restoration of electricity in the Dauin and Siaton substations was due to a “negotiation” between NGCP and the owner of private property in Barangay Bagacay here on a right-of-way concern.
As it turned out, the landowner refused to allow NGCP access to its electric pole inside the private property as the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the power company must remove the pole with the high-tension wire in question.
NGCP is now conducting line stringing to reroute its 69kV line apparently in response to the high tribunal’s decision.
Noreco II said it had to find alternative measures to energize the remaining areas in its coverage while NGCP gave them a timeline that it will complete its rerouting at noontime Friday.
Feeders from the Dauin and Siaton substations were transferred to Bagacay substation and at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, power was restored in Bacong, Dauin, and Zamboanguita, after almost 30 hours without electricity.
NGCP is expecting the arrival of two more teams from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to fast-track the rerouting of the 69kV line to avoid additional power outages.
The teams are awaiting the results of the swab tests as a requirement for them to enter Negros Oriental.
“Noreco II continues to keep abreast of the progress of NGCP’s activity to allow us to shift our system back to normal as these temporary measures pose risks to our system and operations,” the advisory said. (PNA)