Thursday, July 24, 2014

Power restoration in Albay may take 2-3 months, says supplier
By April M. Mier

LEGAZPI CITY, Legazpi City (PNA) -- The whole province of Albay would have to wait for at least two to three months for the full restoration of the power supply after Typhoon "Glenda."

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, engineer Russell James Serrano, chief of the Technical Operations and Maintenance Division of the Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC), said they are now prioritizing all the backbone lines or primary lines that have been damaged.

"Based on our assessment, the restoration of backbone lines would take until the end of July but it would be two to three months for the whole system to fully function," Serrano explained.

Backbone lines are poles or posts which are connected within the main road wherein hospitals, schools, central business districts and institutions are located.

On the initial report after the clearing operations, a total of 321 poles from Branch 1 in Tabaco City, Branch 2 in Legazpi City and Branch 3 in Ligao City have been damaged.

As of Jan. 21, Serrano said, a portion of backbone lines in Legazpi City from Washington Substation and Bitano Substation have been energized.

"We have deployed 12 teams in the whole province to restore the supply as fast as we could," Serrano added.

According to Jane Rogando, head of the APEC Customer Service, as of now they are still coordinating with the barangays in the whole province to assess all the damages.

"The restoration would take long for lateral lines in every barangay until we finish the assessment," Rogando stressed.

Most of the rural areas in Albay do not have electricity yet due to damaged transmission lines and power facilities.(PNA) LAM/FGS/AMM/CBD