NGCP restores power after rebel attack on transmission pylons

June 5, 2009 1:50 pm 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 5 – Normal power supply has been restored in this city and nearby towns even as workers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continue to repair power pylons that were destroyed on Wednesday evening.

Suspected Moro guerrillas reportedly bombed two power transmission pylons, which isolated from the Mindanao power grid the Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) and the Tacurong-Kibawe 138 kilovolt (KV) transmission line (T/L).

SPPC runs the diesel power plant in nearby Alabel, Sarangani, which is linked to the Mindanao grid.

NGCP spokesperson Belinda Canlas said the almost simultaneous bomb attacks toppled a pylon in barangay Ligaya here and another near President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat province.

NGCP implemented the dropping of load from the power system in response to the abnormal power supply conditions.

The load-shedding which started Thursday morning, was implemented on the Tacurong-Kidapawan 69 kilovolt power line serving Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO)’s Malipayon and Datu Paglas Substations, respectively

The South Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO 2), which serves this city and nearby Sarangani, also reduced its load by 10-megawatts starting at 9:30 Thursday morning. SOCOTECO 2 implemented rotating brownouts on its distribution feeders.

Canlas said in efforts to restore power supply, a one-hour power interruption along the Klinan-Ligaya 69 kilovolt power line was implemented to allow the safe tapping of the SARI-Glan 69 KV power line to installed emergency structures.

Military authorities suspect that bombings form part of rebel efforts to extort money from NGCP. (PNA)

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