Unified Leyte plants partially restored

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After the main power plants in Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant Complex were severely battered by Typhoon Yolanda, Energy Development Corp. said on Wednesday that some power plants in the complex are partially operational.

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EDC told the stock exchange on Wednesday that it has partially recommissioned the Upper Mahiao and Leyte Optimization Plants. Both are part of Unified Leyte.

The power plants are currently on reliability runs and have successfully dispatched 57 megawatts (MW) to the grid, the company’s disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange specified.

“We shall notify the exchange on any relevant development in this regard,” EDC said.

A few days ago, the Lopez-led geothermal company reported that the main power plants in Unified Leyte, which provides nearly half of the Visayas region’s power demand, remain nonoperational since Yolanda hit the Eastern Visayas region earlier this month.

EDC owns the Unified Leyte plants consisting of the 125-MW Upper Mahiao, 232.5-MW Malitbog, 180-MW Mahanagdong and 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.

“The company will be unrelenting in its efforts to ensure that its power plants resume operation at the soonest practicable time,” EDC earlier said.

A company’s previous disclosure to the exchange also showed that the cooling towers of the Malitbog, Tongonan and Mahanagdong power plants are also inoperable due to significant damage sustained from the typhoon.

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