DOE: Batangas powerplants safe from 6.3-magnitude quake


Posted at Aug 12 2017 01:13 PM

 MANILA - Power facilities in Batangas were not affected by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Nasugbu Friday afternoon, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

"The major energy facilities situated in Batangas, including the Malampaya offshore platform in the West Philippine Sea, are operating normally and remain in good condition after the earthquake," the DOE said in a statement released a day after the quake.

Power interruptions in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area are not expected as transmission and supply lines were also safe from any damage, the DOE said.

"Post-earthquake initial inspections showed that the integrity of the Malampaya subsea pipeline and onshore gas plant were also not affected... and power transmission services are stable," the statement read.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi instructed the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and other energy stakeholders to continuously monitor their facilities for possible damage.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest of Nasugbu, Batangas Friday, was felt in parts of Metro Manila, prompting several offices to evacuate their employees.