NGCP moves swiftly to address any transmission problem‏

March 29, 2011 4:53 am 

MANILA, March 28 — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has assured electricity users that it is on top of the situation in swiftly addressing isolated cases of disturbances to the country’s transmission network.

This, as it ruled out technical constraints as the cause of the power outage that hit certain parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces last weekend.

It was an isolated incident and not a portent of any major power outage or running brownouts this summer, according to NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Perez Alabanza.

Alabanza said the NGCP, which operates the country’s national transmission network, is appealing to communities hosting transmission facilities nationwide to be more vigilant in guarding and protecting such high voltage lines against grassfires, especially this summer season.

She said the tripping of the 500-kilovolt San Jose-San Manuel transmission line last Saturday, which led to a power outage in some parts of Metro Manila and Luzon, was caused by a grassfire that started between Towers 196 and 197 of the line in Barangay Sumacab in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

“The cause is clearly not a transmission problem or technical constraint on the part of the NGCP but a physical fault which is beyond our control,” Alabanza said.

“This is an isolated incident that could have been avoided if we can all work together in helping safeguard our transmission lines,” she added. (PNA)



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