NGCP completes repair of quake-hit Luzon-Visayas interconnection facility
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has completed the restoration of earthquake-affected Ormoc High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) facility, allowing the Visayas grid to import power from the Luzon grid.
NGCP maintenance teams completed the restoration, testing and commissioning of the Ormoc HVDC Converter Station late Thursday. The facility was severely damaged after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake last July 6
Restoration work involved moving several heavy equipment from different NGCP facilities in the country to replace damaged parts such as converter transformers and breakers, among others, according to the company.
“NGCP is pleased to report that with this energization, the Visayas grid can now import power from Luzon to augment the grid’s power supply requirements and relieve generation deficiency resulting from the unavailability of earthquake-affected Leyte geothermal plants. NGCP assures the public that it is ready to conduct similar expedited restoration activities to ensure reliable power transmission services,” the country’s grid operator said.
NGCP said it is also continuously taking necessary preparations to minimize the impact of succeeding natural disasters on NGCP operations and facilities.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.