Power barge now online as efforts now pay off

After much delay and the immediate need to get power, and keep the supply stable, the connection of the power barge stationed in Ubay will help ease the power woes in case the power goes down.

Power Barge 104 was earlier synchronized to the system and to provide more power to Bohol.

Friday’s switch-on of circuit breaker for Power Barge 104 was done one after the other by Engr. Cesar Villegas, VP for Business Development and Commercial Operations of Salcon Power Corporation (SPC); Engr. Virgilio P. Sanchez, Head, NGCP Visayas Operations and Maintenance; and of course, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.

Bohol was left wanting for power following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Leyte on July 6. The quake also pinned down the geothermal plants, which are the main sources for Bohol’s electricity.

Facing a specter of having to deal with life without electricity, the provincial government looked for ways to ease the then power crisis.

Thankfully though, barely 27 hours after the mishap, Tagbilaran City’s electric power, which is under the service of Bohol Light Company, Inc. (BLCI), resumed at around 7:00PM the following day.

“Bohol Province is very lucky to have a governor who moves determinedly to attain critical goals such as power security,” said Sanchez

Sanchez, Head, NGCP Visayas Operations and Maintenance, together with some provincial government officials were at Friday’s switch-on ceremony of the Ubay SS-Tapal 69kV Tie-Line and Power Barge 104 at Ubay Sub-station in Barangay Imelda, Ubay.

Also in attendance were Ubay Vice-Mayor Nelson Uy, Barangay Captains Teodulo S. Cadorniga and Danilo Valmoria of Barangays Imelda and Tapal, respectively, BOHECO II General Manager Engr. Eugene R. Tan, BOHECO I General Manager Engr. Dino Nicolas T. Roxas, representatives from BLCI and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and NGCP personnel.

Sanchez continued that Friday’s ceremony “signifies the fruition of the Boholanos’ aspiration to secure a power source right in the Island to put an end to days of total loss of power when supply from Leyte is cut.”

Power Barge 104 is a substantial addition to the Bohol Diesel Power Plant (BDPP) that can serve local demand during abnormal times, though not fully, thus providing a significant relief.

The experiences from ‘Yolanda’, the host of typhoons which also affected power lines that transport electricity from Ormoc to Southern Leyte and the most recent, the July 6 earthquake, speak of homes, businesses catering to the thriving tourism industry, offices and other industries being severely affected as the absence of power supply would last days and weeks.

NGCP supports efforts to put in place more stable and more reliable power in Bohol Island, and the construction of this 69kV tie line to Power Barge 104 of SPC Power Corporation is a testament, Sanchez reiterated.

Now in the blueprint is another project, the Cebu-Bohol interconnection, which will serve as an additional power supply route to Bohol, another manifestation of NGCP’s solid backing of Bohol’s economic goals.

The project will be realized within the set timeline with the cooperation of the people and leaders of the province, he added.

Sanchez reaffirmed NGCP’s assurance to Chatto and the Boholanos that their company is “committed to continuing its upgrade and expansion of its local facilities and systems in order to deliver reliable and quality power transmission services to the Island, in support of the economic roadmap of the local administration.”

Engr. Juiseppe R. Lomaad, NGCP’s Chief Engineer for Transmission Lines, D2 for Visayas Operations and Maintenance, said the earthquake led Boholanos to realize in putting up additional power lines.

“Hard, but we made it through,” he pointed out; and added, “this is a victorious day.”

The actual switching on of Power Barge 104 is “another milestone in the energy program in the province,” said Chatto. (Janet Villarojo)

 

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