LAOAG CITY, May 22 (PIA) –- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said it will continue to fortify transmission networks with regular maintenance works to prevent frequent outages.
Ilocos Norte suffered from at least two power interruptions last week, the latest when an emergency shutdown was implemented in the Burgos substation on May 19 affecting the Laoag-Bangui 69 kV transmission line.
The outage, lasting from 10:08 a.m. to 12:43 p.m., was caused by a grounded battery owned and maintained by the Northwind Power Development Corp.
The NGCP had to impose an emergency shutdown to fix the battery. Power was restored more than two hours later in the province’s northern towns.
Lilibeth P. Gaydowen, Regional Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer – North Luzon, said the NGCP and distribution utilities like the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative are working together to improve services to power consumers.
INEC’s information division immediately dispatches scheduled power interruptions to its media networks including the Philippine Information Agency ahead of time to forewarn consumers.
On May 17, the whole of Ilocos Norte and some parts of Ilocos Sur experienced 12 hour browns outs following NGCP’s annual preventive maintenance of its 100-MVA power transformer and its associated equipment at the San Esteban substation.
The maintenance was simultaneous with transmission line maintenance along the San Esteban-Bantay-Currimao-laoag 115-kv line. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)