NPC restores Catanduanes lines, other power plants pummeled by typhoons

This week, National Power Corporation’s personnel in Catanduanes, who were also ravaged by recent typhoons themselves, have been profusely working to restore its 69kV transmission lines after being hit hard by Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.

As for NPC’s power generation facilities in the province, Marinawa Diesel Power Plant has been partially energized as of November 16, giving electricity to essential establishments like government offices and hospitals. This is since clearing operations in some portions are still being undertaken.

Viga and Palumbanes Diesel Power Plants have been operational since November 15 as well, after NPC personnel conducted distribution line clearing in Palumbanes.

In the province of Masbate, both San Pascual and Peñafrancia Diesel Power Plants have been restored and energized as of November 18.

Up north, NPC’s Kabugao DPP which was affected by strong floods has been energized on Tuesday, November 17. However, the plant is on reduced operating hours as fuel deliveries are hampered by flooded areas/roads. NPC shall resort to hauling fuel by the drums starting on November 20 to resolve this.

Meanwhile, some of NPC’s Small Power Utilities Group power plants are operating partially due to the on-going line clearing and restoration by the electric cooperatives/NPC personnel. These are the Casiguran DPP in Aurora (88% brgys. Restored), Marinduque grid (85% brgys. Restored), Patnanungan in Quezon (33% brgys. Restored), Batan and Rapu-Rapu in Albay (66% and 84.62% barangays restored, respectively), and Quinasalang DPP in Camarines Sur (50% barangays restored).

NPC as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 conducts delivery of power generation in off-grid areas, or in far-flung villages and islands in the country. It is likewise tasked to provide related power delivery systems (transmission lines and substation) to island-provinces such as Catanduanes, Masbate, Marinduque, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.

Photos are this week’s restoration of Catanduanes transmission lines, c/o Alvin Leonardo.