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Three geothermal plants back online after earthquake in Philippines

Bacon-Manito geothermal field, Philippines (source: EDC)
Alexander Richter 12 Jul 2017

EDC reports having brought 100 MW of geothermal power generation capacity back online after damage to the plants following an earthquake were repaired. Additional 317 MW are to come online next week.

As reported this morning, over 100 MW from three geothermal plants of the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) were expected to be available yesterday to areas affected by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit the Visayas, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

In a report to the DOE, EDC said they were testing the repaired central switching stations yesterday in coordination with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. Upper Mahiao units 2 and 3 can supply 26 MW each while Malitbog unit 1 can provide  77.5 MW, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella told a press briefing.

Fuentebella said three distribution utilities in Bohol and 11 electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas are ready to receive power supply from the geothermal plants.

The DOE has set a 10-day timeline to restore power in Bohol and Region 8.

“People are working double time to repair the necessary energy facilities,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

EDC is targeting the delivery next week of 317 MW out of a total of 625 MW its geothermal plants supply to the electrical grid in the Visayas.

Source: PhilStar