June 23, 2018, 10:26 am
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Grid operator readies contingency plan

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to activate its overall command center from today to November 17 as part of its preparations to secure power transmission operations and facilities during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila.

NGCP said contingency plans are also in place to monitor and quickly address any grid disturbance.

NGCP said as November 13 to 15 have been declared special non-working days in Metro Manila,  its critical units such as System Operations and Operations and Maintenance remain fully staffed and operational. Line crews, engineers, pilots, maintenance and testing and other technical personnel are also strategically positioned in NGCP substations to respond to line trippings affecting Metro Manila, should these occur.

“NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan prescribes these and other measures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities to be affected by emergencies or important national events. With its security and contingency preparations set, NGCP can ensure reliable power transmission services for the duration of the Asean Summit,” the company said.

Aside from the Asean Summit, the power system operator and transmission service provider t has implemented preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Tropical Depression Salome on transmission facilities.

Preparations included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
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