Power restored in some areas in Bicol

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2016 02:45 PM

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines engineers work to restore power in Bicol. Handout: NGCP

After an outage due to typhoon “Nina,” electricity was restored in several parts of Bicol early Saturday morning.

The energizing of the Naga-Daraga 230 kilovolt line by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) brought the lights back on in Albay and Sorsogon, in the wake of damage to the grid wrought by typhoon “Nina” during the Christmas weekend.

“Our people have been working around the clock since the storm hit…we will continue to work non-stop, and through New Year’s day if necessary, to make sure transmission services are returned to normal at the soonest possible time,” the NGCP said in a statement.

The following lines were energized, according to information from the NGCP:

Naga-Daraga 230-kilovolt line
Daraga T01
Daraga T02
Daraga T03

69-kilovolt feeders:
Daraga-Legazpi line
Daraga-Sorsogon line
Daraga- Ligao line
Ligao-Ligao
Sorsogon-Sorsogon
Sorsogon-Irosin

230-kilovolt lines:
Daraga-Bacman line 1
Daraga-Bacman line 2

Meanwhile, in Cebu, Carcar, and San Fernando are still experiencing power outage after tree branches fell due to a 3.3-magnitude earthquake, damaging the primary line of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO).

As of this writing, the areas supplied by VECO were still suffering from a blackout. While the company assured residents that their contractors and linemen were conducting repairs to restore power, they warned that VECO subscribers may have to celebrate New Year in the dark.

--with reports from RG Cruz, Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News