21 September 2018
Napocor restores power to Typhoon Ompong affected islands and off-grid areas
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) has successfully restored power in its Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants affected by Typhoon Ompong and continues to effectively manage Luzon dams.
Normal power plant operations are now in effect in Batanes (Sabtang, Itbayat and Basco Diesel Power Plants), Cagayan (Calayan, Balatubat and Minabel DPPs), Isabela (Palanan DPP and Maconacon mini-grid) and Aurora (Casiguran DPP).
Napocor’s Kabugao DPP in Apayao, on the other hand, remains nonoperational as it awaits distribution line restoration.
“During typhoons or natural disaster, our protocol demands us to shut down power plants in order to protect our generating sets from mechanical stress that can be caused by distribution line disturbances,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
Napocor said that it then coordinates with electric cooperatives and/or distribution utilities in returning the power back to the grid after clearing operations.
Meanwhile, as of 8AM Friday, Napocor halts spilling operations in San Roque dam as the water elevation reached 275.24 meters above sea level (masl). END