Leyte's major power source in need of repair: EDC

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2017 02:32 PM

MANILA- Quake-hit Leyte may continue to experience a power outage in the next few days with its major energy source in need of repair following damage due to a 6.5-magnitude temblor that struck parts of the Visayas Thursday. 

In a statement Saturday, the EDC said quake damage has kept its facilities shut, with operations expected to be restored in at least a week.

"The Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant Unit 1 may not be operational for some time due to cooling tower damage. Unit 2 (35MW) may be operational in the next seven to 10 days as tests on the unit and the main transformer as well as cooling tower repair need to be performed," the EDC said in a statement.

"Our team of contractors has been mobilized to work 24/7, safety considerations permitting, to complete the assessment and accelerate return to service," it said.
 
All power plants in Leyte operated by the EDC also remain shut as it has yet to clear landslide debris and repair damaged parts, the company said.

EDC is the country's largest operator of geothermal power plants in the Philippines. It is part of First Gen Corporation and the Lopez Group of companies. 

"EDC could have about 317 MW of power restored to Leyte within the next 10 days," the statement read.

The power generating company said it plans to connect its stations "to the 230 kV line to Luzon" as soon as its marshalling station is repaired in three to five days.

The EDC said it expects the following power plants to be repaired between 5 and 10 days:

- Upper Mahiao plant (132MW)
- Malitbog power plant Units 1 and 2 (150MW) 
- Malitbog power plant Unit 3 

Since Thursday, power supply in parts of the Visayas has been intermittent after power lines were damaged by the quake that struck the town of Jaro, Leyte. 

At least two died and dozens injured were injured when the quake struck. 

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