The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has shut down its power plants spread in 14,000 hectares in Barangay Tongonan, Ormoc City, Leyte following the earthquake that rocked the province on Thursday afternoon.
EDC president Ricky Tantoco said in a statement on Friday: “For now, all of the plants are shut down and we are evaluating the damage. We will have a more detailed assessment as more information becomes available.”
The geothermal power plants in Leyte provided 460 megawatt of power to the Visayas grid before the earthquake hit at 4:03 p.m. on July 6, 2017.
Aside from the power plants, there was visible damage to their marshaling stations where the power from their plants was sent for transmission to the grid.
Because of the calamity, Leyte Gov. Dominic Petilla said power was cut off in the province as the EDC-owned Malitbog Geothermal Power Station, located in Kananga town, automatically shuts down during a quake.
EDC said that based on its initial assessment, the earthquake damaged electrical wires, insulators, and bus bars, but did not cause any major damage.
EDC also said that all major structures were intact, and estimated that full rehab will take two to three weeks.
Meanwhile, the EDC is providing generator sets to the towns of Kananga and Ormoc in coordination with local government units.
The blackout in Leyte as in some of the areas in Visayas have also affected water supply. Because of this, local officials appeal for gen-sets to pump water.
EDC also sent out teams to Barangay Poblacion in Kananga who helped in rescuing persons trapped in the rubble of a three-story building that collapsed after the earthquake.
Tantoco said they have already accounted all of their 502 employees and contractors on site, although there were minor injuries reported.