NGCP Has New Emergency
Structures Against Typhoon
|Some 63 NGCP personnel, in-charge of transmission line restoration, underwent a 5-day training on assembling the new ERS newly purchased structures. They are shown in the above photo undergoing actual training.|
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) learning from previous experiences on restoring transmission facilities damaged by typhoons purchased new models of Emergency Restoration System (ERS) structures recently.
ERS structures are temporary transmission towers used during urgent restoration activities, usually after a typhoon. The towers are light-weight and take shorter time to assemble compared to a conventional transmission tower.
According to NGCP, the new ERS model is lighter and has smaller cross-sectional dimensions which make it easier, faster, and safer to transport and erect. Despite its light weight, the ERS structures are strong and durable, and can withstand typhoon windspeed.
To complement the new purchase, NGCP also trained its personnel composed of chief engineers, line engineers, line foremen, and linemen to familiarize them with the replacement model.The training was conducted on June 30 to July 4, 2014 at NGCP’s Mexico Substation in Pampanga.
Company President and CEO Henry Sy, Jr. expressed his delight with the new towers. “This will definitely change the way we restore transmission facilities. Improvement, in terms of efficiency and speed, of our restoration process will benefit not just NGCP and its direct customers, but more importantly, the power consumers.”
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. NGCP’s regular maintenance activities, expansion, and upgrading projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to grid-connected customers like generators, distributors, and large industries./MP