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NGCP vows early restoration of Feria-damaged power transmission lines in Samar

Tacloban City (June 29) -- The National Grid Corporation gave the assurance that the Samar linemen are doing their best, rain or shine, to restore power in the remaining affected areas with no electricity as of June 26.

In a media release written by Ms. Edna Legaspina, Corporate Communications Officer, it was learned that the said remaining areas as portions of Samar province covered by SAMELCO 1 and the entire province of Northern Samar covered by NORSAMELCO.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines disclosed that the transmission lines in Samar Island were heavily affected by Tropical Storm Feria that hit Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

According to NGCP-Samar Branch Manager Henry A. Sale, all 69kV transmission lines were affected, from SAMELCO II which covers Catbalogan- Casab-ahan -Palanas Cara - Catarman - Allen, and Catarman - Bobolosan lines.

The affected customers were SAMELCO II located in Paranas, Samar; SAMELCO I in Calbayog City, Samar; and NORSAMELCO in Catarman, Northern Samar. These customers distribute power to the entire provinces of Samar and Northern Samar, respectively.

In Eastern Samar area, the affected lines were Wright - Taft - Borongan-Mac Arthur 69kV lines.

Affected customer was ESAMELCO, located in Borongan, Eastern Samar, that supplies power to Eastern Samar province.

The Samar linemen have been working hard for the immediate restoration of the typhoon-damaged 69kV transmission lines, said Mr. Sale. In fact, power lines in Eastern Samar province and portion of Samar province covered by SAMELCO II were already energized as early as June 24.

Restoration work of the toppled and leaning structures in SAMELCO 1 AND NORSAMELCO was hampered because of two reasons.

Firstly, several of these structures were located in the flooded-rice fields which have not yet subsided.

Secondly, several structures are located very far from the highway and the steel poles and other line materials are being hauled manually from the delivery point to the structure site.

The toppled and leaning broken wooden poles are being replaced with steel poles for durability and reliability of the lines, Mr. Sale said. (PIA 8) [top]

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