• EDC restores Tongonan facility

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    The 112.5-megawatt (MW) Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant in Leyte is back in full operation after its last unit was restored from the damage caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November.

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    Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the largest producer of geothermal energy in the country, owns the Tongonan Plant, as well as the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant. Although the former is not part of Unified Leyte, it is near the same area where the complex is located.

    EDC informed the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday that it has energized the remaining unit of its Tongonan Power Plant.

    “All units, however, remain subject to close monitoring and/or additional tests,” it added.

    On December 19 last year, EDC partly restored the Tongonan plant.

    Right after Yolanda hit the Central Visayas on November 8, the listed firm immediately informed the exchange that the main power plants in Unified Leyte, as well as the Tongonan plant, were severely battered and rendered non-operational.

    After a month, the EDC reported that some power plants and facilities in the complex have been restored partially.

    The Unified Leyte plants consist of the 125-MW Upper Mahiao, 232.5-MW Malitbog, 180-MW Mahanagdong and the 51-MW Optimization plants; the 106-MW Mindanao 1 and 2 plants in Kidapawan, Cotabato; and the 49-MW Northern Negros geothermal plant in Negros Occidental.

    Unified Leyte supplies nearly half of the power requirements of the Visayan region.

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