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86% of Meralco customers without power

Josh Albelda

Meralco says it is not sure when power will be restored

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Strong winds brought by Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) wreaked havoc on power and transmission lines, resulting in brownouts in most of Luzon Wednesday, July 16.

In a statement sent to media past 1 pm, power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said 86% of its customers were without power.

“Meralco is also currently assessing the extent of damage in its distribution facilities including poles, transformers, wires, and subtransmission lines. It is also currently repairing its damaged facilities and is doing its best to be able to restore power in affected areas,” the company said.

In an earlier post on its Twitter account, it said 90% of its franchise area was without power. It said the eastern and southern parts, particularly the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) area, were heavily affected.

Meralco distributes electricity to nearly 5.2 million customers in 34 cities and 77 municipalities in Luzon, including Metro Manila.

Meralco said it was not sure when power would be restored, especially in Calabarzon. It said the restoration would depend on the extent of damage to its facilities and the volume of debris to be cleared.

Meralco said that transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in south Luzon were destroyed by the typhoon. Generation plants in the south were unable to deliver power to Meralco.

“With the total outage of supply from the south, efforts to convey power from the northern grid is being undertaken,” said the utility firm.

NGCP, in its own statement, enumerated the transmission lines and facilities downed by the typhoon:

1. Facility: Bay-Calamba 69-kV Line

Customer Affected: MECO and BATELEC

Franchise Area: Calamba, Laguna and Part of Batangas

2. Facility: Gumaca-Hondagua-Tagkawayan 69-kV Line

Customer Affected: QUEZELCO I

Franchise Area: Lopez, Tagkawayan, and Maguilayan, Quezon

3. Facility: Gumaca-Pitogo-Mulanay 69-kV Line

Customer Affected: QUEZELCO I

Franchise Area: Pitogo, Mulanay, and Catanuan, Quezon

4. Facility: Gumaca-Gumaca 69-kV Line

Customer Affected: QUEZELCO I

Franchise Area: Gumaca, Quezon

5. Facility: Daraga – Legaspi 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: APEC

Franchise Area/s: Areas serves by APEC

6. Facility: Daraga – Sorsogon 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: SORECO I

Franchise Area/s: Entire Sorsogon Province

7. Facility: Naga-Libmanan 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: CASURECO I

Franchise Area/s: Pamplona, Sipocot, and Libmanan, Camarines Sur

8. Facility: Naga-Lagonoy 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: CASURECO II and CASURECO IV

Franchise Area/s: Pili, Tigaon, and Lagonoy, Camarines Sur

9. Facility: Naga-Iriga 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: CASURECO III

Franchise Area/s: Bula and Iriga, Camarines Sur

10. Facility: Paranas – Taft – Quinapondan 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: ESAMELCO

Franchise Area/s: Whole Eastern Samar

11. Facility: Calbayog – Catbalogan 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: SAMELCO I

Franchise Area/s: Gandara, San Jorge, and Tarangnan, Samar

12. Facility: Calbayog – Catarman – Allen 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: NORSAMELCO

Franchise Area/s: Allen and Rosario, Northern Samar

13. Facility: Calbayog – Palanas – Cara 69-kV line

Customer/s Affected: SAMELCO I

Franchise Area/s: Calbayog City and Sta. Margarita, Samar

14. Facility: Catarman – Bobolosan 69-kV lline

Customer/s Affected: NORSAMELCO

Franchise Area/s: Lao-ang, Northern Samar

“NGCP has mobilized its line crews and is currently conducting ground patrols to inspect and assess the impact of the tropical storm to its operations and facilities, particularly in Samar and Albay,” the country’s power grid operator said.

Here is a Twitter list of users whose power supply has yet to be restored:

South Luzon hard-hit

Glenda battered south Luzon Wednesday morning, the the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

As of 10 am, the typhoon’s eye was located 35 kilometers southeast of Subic, Zambales, or in the vicinity of Bagac, Bataan, PAGASA said.

It slightly weakened after passing through much of Calabarzon, now with maximum sustained winds of 140 km per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 170 km/h as it moves northwest at a speed of 25 km/h.

It will soon reach Subic, Zambales, and is forecast to move towards the West Philippine Sea, off Zambales, by noon. It will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning, July 17. –

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