By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Based on information released by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the entire island of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, and Bohol experienced a power outage from 11:56 p.m. on Friday, August 20, until early Saturday morning.
Also affected by the loss of electricity were the province of Negros Oriental and parts of Negros Occidental.
Among the areas affected in Negros Occidental were the Burgos, Mt. View, Talisay, Panaogao, Silay, Sum-ag, and Lag-asan substations which are covered by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco).
Also affected were the Valladolid and San Enrique substations which are under the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco).
Both Ceneco and Noceco managed to restore power to the affected areas at around 12:13 a.m. on Saturday, although as for the rest of Visayas affected by the blackout, power was only fully restored by 5:48 a.m. the same day.
According to NGCP, a lightning strike to their Cebu-Quiot-Colon line was blamed as the cause of the blackout.
The NGCP said efforts to restore power transmission services to affected areas began immediately, with the first loads restored shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.
“Initial finding points a lightning strike caused the simultaneous tripping of the Colon-Cebu 138kV Lines 1, 2, and 3, and Colon-Quiot 138kV Line, which triggered the power interruption,” the NGCP added.
The NGCP also quickly shot down “fake news” circulating on social media that some of the power plants caught fire causing the massive power interruption in the Visayas./DGB, WDJ