Thursday, July 13, 2017

Would it be July 
18 or August 1?

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 12, (PIA)--It may be July 31 or August 1, but hope for the best.

This pretty sums up the statements the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), whose main task is to assure that power from the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) gets to their Ormoc Substation.

The Ormoc Substation, which supplies Leyte, Samar and Bohol is where NGCP bypass line from Tabango in Leyte to allow power, which might be in excess from the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Grid, to flow to Samar, Leyte and Bohol, explains NGCP assistant chief Technical Officer Gil Listano, in a press conference today.

Normally, Bohol which uses up 81 megawatts of power as its peak load, gets most of it from the Tongonan Geothermal Plants, which has shut down when a strong earthquake hit close to the power plants.

The plants automatic shut-off was a protection mechanism of the power plants which have been supplying nearly 500 megawatts of power to the Visayas and Luzon Grids.

The shutdown has left Bohol in total blackout, at least until the Bohol Diesel Power Plant operated with 10 megawatts of power supplied to Tagbilaran and some 2 megawatts of power to Bohol Electric Cooperative 1.

BOHECO 1 has also other sources of power: Hanopol and Sta Clara Power Corporation's Ewon Sevilla Hydro Power Plants which has rated generation capacity of 7.5 megawatts and 1.2 MWs respectively.

Both Tagbilaran and BOHECO 1 consumers have slightly restored power from these Bohol based inland sources and are in six or four hour power rationing schemes.

BOHECO 2, which has no source of power generation has since been in the dark since July 6.

But, consumers who have had enough of the inconvenience, have started to dish out blames, further sowing confusion and garbage information to appease the irate filled social media.

Sources in Bohol have assured that power would be back, July 16 in time for the Balilihan town fiesta, or July 18.

But the NGCP has at least picked July 18 or earlier as a partial 40 MW energization in its update, or July 31 or August 1 to a 50% restoration, again by DOE Usec Fuentebella and NGCP.

But even then, NGCP, which has jurisdiction of the transmission has said they have strung a bypass line from Tabango to allow Cebu Negors Panay power to get through Ormoc to allow other sources of power to flow through its lines to distribution following the downing of the geothermal plants. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

The Admin Building of the Ormoc Substation is within the complex that accepts 230 KV power supply from Cebu-Negros-Panay grid after the NGCP put up a bypass line to allow power to bypass the Kananga Marshalling station, and be readilly distributed to distribution companies in Samar, Leyte and Bohol. Photo by Ric Obedencio)

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