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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Power supply fully restored in 3 quake-hit Visayas provinces

THE power supply in the three earthquake-hit provinces in Visayas has been fully restored, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Friday.

DOE has been fully restored in the three provinces of Leyte, Samar and Bohol hit recently by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the power supply restoration in Leyte, Samar and Bohol is four days earlier than the July 31 deadline.

"I congratulate and thank the hardworking people, especially those on the ground, for attaining 100 percent restoration of power in Leyte, Samar and Bohol," Cusi said.

"The task to build a stronger and more resilient energy system lies ahead. Our hosting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Bohol next week will help us learn more and do more," he added.

System operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines reported to the DOE that the newly transferred 150Mva Transformer 2 at the Ormoc Substation was successfully energized at around 9:40 p.m. on July 27 and is loading electricity on Thursday.

This means that another 135 megawatts (MW) can be delivered to Leyte, Samar and Bohol (LSB).

DOE said the total potential of 330 MW in the three islands to address its projected peak demand of 291 MW is broken down as follows: 135 MW traversing the Ormoc Substation; 40 MW from Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant; around 20 MW from various embedded generation sources; and an additional 135 MW through the Ormoc Substation. The projected peak demand for LSB is 291 MW is broken down as follows: 210 MW for Leyte and Samar and 81 MW for Bohol.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Leyte on July 6 causing a blackout in the area and nearby provinces after transmission lines and power plants were affected. (SDR/SunStar Philippines)
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