Friday, September 14, 2018

Energy Family Working 24/7 Amidst Typhoon Ompong -Cusi

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Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi today assured the public that the energy family is on top of the situation amidst the anticipated onslaught of Typhoon Ompong to ensure safe and secure energy.

“The entire energy family is closely monitoring Typhoon Ompong. The men and women of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the National Power Corporation (NPC) the National Electrification Administration, our electric cooperatives, and private energy companies are prepared and ready to respond,” he said.   

Based on the consolidated report of the Task Force on Energy Resiliency, NPC monitors the operations of hydroelectric dams, particularly its water levels to ensure safe and efficient operations. As of the 12 noon report, Ambuklao and Binga Dams in Benguet are already conducting water spills following water levels at 751.02meters above sea level (masl) and 573.85masl, respectively. The discharges are made to maintain normal water level in the reservoir.

San Roque Dam gates are still closed at 2:00 p.m. with water level at 274.26 masl and Angat Dam at 206.40 masl.

For the transmission system, NGCP reported that affected lines are Palanas Cara – Catarman – Allen – Lao – Ang 69kiloVolt (kV) Line affecting the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO). NGCP mobilized line crews and are currently conducting aerial and ground patrols to assess the impact of the southwest monsoon to expedite restoration of affected facilities.

The Paranas – Quinapondan 69 kV affecting Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ESAMELCO) was restored 8:54 a.m. today just two hours after it went off.

On the distribution side, NEA reported that power in affected electric cooperatives in Samar provinces have been restored before noon time Friday. These are NORSAMELCO, ESAMELCO and Samar I & II Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

In case a State of Calamity is declared, the DOE reminds all oil companies that price freeze on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene products will take effect for 15 days after the announcement.

The DOE family assures the public that the energy sector is synergized in responding to these trying times.

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