EDC’s power plants intact

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THE Energy Development Corp (EDC) on Tuesday said that its geothermal power facilities are intact after Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) crawled over several provinces over the weekend.

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In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, EDC said all of its geothermal steam field facilities and power plants in the Bicol region and Leyte are intact based on visual inspection.

The Lopez-owned company runs the Bacon-Manito (BacMan) plants in Albay and Sorsogon with a total generating capacity of 130 megawatts (MW).

It also runs the Unified Leyte (UL) complex in Leyte, including its generating facilities’ steam fields with a capacity of 650 MW.

“Tongonan in Leyte and BacMan in Bicol are undergoing very thorough pre-operation checks for debris and others prior to return to service,” said EDC.

Meanwhile, power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) reported that minimal power interruptions were recorded, with only a small number of customers affected, in some areas of Batangas after Typhoon Ruby hit its franchise area.

According to Meralco, its preparations helped avert damages to its facilities and prevent service interruptions despite the strong winds and rain brought by the typhoon.

Meralco’s preparations included inspecting the integrity of its facilities, and placing essential personnel, such as linemen and call center agents, on full alert before, during, and after the onslaught of the typhoon.

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