NAPOCOR fully energizes off-grid Leyte island

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Round the clock power supply can now be enjoyed by 1,200 connected households of Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte, as the National Power Corporation (Napocor) today extends its service hours from 16 to 24 hours.

“We have seen enough reserve capacities in our Limasawa Diesel Power Plant, hence the extension of operating hours. Limasawa DPP is also set to receive two (2) units of 200 kW and two (2) units of 300 kW generating sets through Napocor’s 2018 capacity addition program which will ensure a stable power supply for the people we serve here,” said Engr. Pete Llorente of Napocor’s Visayas Operations Department.

Napocor said that with this development, local tourism is expected to heighten since the island municipality is a place of historical and religious significance. Aside from being the place where the first Catholic mass was celebrated in 1521, Limasawa is also home to sandy beaches and pristine diving sites.

Further, Napocor granted electricity to some 100 households, giving them electricity for the first time, in two sitios in the island of Sto. Niño, Western Samar where it operates 2 mini-grids (distribution lines included) and 2 power plants with Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. 1 (SAMELCO 1) operating the distribution lines.

“Through the Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP), distribution lines going to sitios Canipa-an and Salvacion in Sto. Niño was built. We asked the electric cooperative to install billing meters to these lines so we can proceed with the energization,” Llorente said.

Napocor also made recommendations to SAMELCO 1 to build three segments of 13.2 kV lines to complete the distribution line loop in the island. With a completed loop, power plants will be able to share supply resulting to a more stable and improved quality of power.

Presently, Napocor operates 275 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants in the archipelago, 46 of which are in the Visayas region.

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