NGCP Prepares For Typhoon Ruby
NGCP has implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Typhoon Ruby on transmission operations and facilities.
Preparations included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials, standby generators, vehicles, SCADA spares and supplies necessary for the repair of damage to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews and helicopters in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work. Double shifting of Regional Control Center (RCC), Area Control Center (ACC), and substation personnel has been implemented.
NGCP also deferred all scheduled maintenance activities on facilities within the expected path of the typhoon. The grid operator also continues to coordinate with power plants, substations, and customers to balance system load and voltage and with LGUs, AFP, and PNP to access and clear right-of-way areas.
NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance.
Typhoon Ruby, carrying maximum sustained winds of 195kph and moving west northwest at 20kph speed, is estimated to make landfall over Eastern Samar on December 6.
NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, whichever is directly affected by the weather disturbance. /MP