Philippine capital region to remain power blackout for 3 days

19:16, July 14, 2010      

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Many parts of northern Philippines' s Luzon region, including the national capital, are expected to be in darkness at night for two to three days before the full restoration of typhoon-damaged power lines, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said on Wednesday.

Guillermo Redoblado, NGCP senior technical adviser, said in a news briefing on Wednesday that falling trees had damaged several transmission lines, resulting in blackout in most parts of Luson region, particularly in Metro Manila.

"Since we have some damages between Tayabas and San Jose (line) that will take three to four days to restore power in the grid," he said.

"This particular line is for the 500-kilovolt backbone line or the main highway of the Luzon grid," he added.

The entire Luzon grid suffered blackout at 12:42 a.m. on Wednesday after several power plants and sub-stations went on emergency shutdown.

Redoblado said it would also be unlikely to fully restore power in Metro Manila within the day.

"For Metro Manila, we will restore power in 2 to 3 days," he added.

Typhoon Conson landed in the Philippines on Tuesday night, claiming eight lives and resulting in 57 missing.

Source: Xinhua


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