The entire energy team is closely monitoring Typhoon Ompong. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the National Power Corp. (NPC), the National Electrification Administration (NEA), our electric cooperatives and private energy companies are prepared and ready to respond.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Friday assured consumers of continued service even as typhoon “Ompong” begins hitting large swathe of energy-consuming areas of northern Luzon.
“The entire energy team is closely monitoring Typhoon Ompong. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the National Power Corp. (NPC), the National Electrification Administration (NEA), our electric cooperatives and private energy companies are prepared and ready to respond,” Cusi said as the Task Force on Energy Resiliency (TFER) reported that cut power transmission lines in Samar have been restored.
According to the TFER, the NPC also helps in monitoring the operations of hydroelectric dams, particularly the water levels to ensure their safe and efficient operations.
As of 12 noon, the TFER reported that Ambuklao and Binga Dams in Benguet allowed water to spill over as levels reached 751.02 meters and 573.85 meters above sea level (MASL), respectively. The discharges ensure water levels in the reservoir remain appropriate.
At the San Roque Dam, gates remain closed as at 2:00 p.m. with water level at 274.26 MASL and Angat Dam at 206.40 masl.
For the transmission system, the NGCP reported the Palanas Cara-Catarman-Allen-Lao-Ang 69kiloVolt (kV) line of the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO) sustained damage due to the southwest monsoon.
NGCP mobilized line crews who are currently conducting aerial and ground patrols to assess the impact of the southwest monsoon and expedite the restoration of operations in affected facilities.
The Paranas–Quinapondan 69 kV line serving the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ESAMELCO) was restored at 8:54 a.m. Friday just two hours after the service was cut.
On the distribution side, the NEA reported that power in affected electric cooperatives in Samar provinces have been restored before noon Friday. These include NORSAMELCO, ESAMELCO and Samar I & II Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Should a state of calamity be declared, the DoE reminded oil companies that a price freeze on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene products take effect 15 days after such an announcement.
Cusi gave assurance the energy sector is synergized to respond to emergency situations.