Power now fully restored in 3 quake-hit provinces – DOE

TACLOBAN CITY – Ahead of a scheduled power restoration on 31 July, the Department of Energy reported today that power has been fully restored in the provinces of Samar, Leyte, and Bohol.

“I congratulate and thank the hardworking people, especially those on the ground, for attaining 100% restoration of power in Leyte, Samar, and Bohol, ” Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

The System Operator, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), reported to the DOE that the newly transferred 150Mva Transformer 2 at the Ormoc Substation was successfully energized at around 2140H on Wednesday, July 27, and is loading electricity since Friday, July 28.

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

The total potential of 330 MW in the three islands to address its projected peak demand of 291 MW is broken down with (1) 135 MW traversing the Ormoc Substation; (2) 40 MW from Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant; (3) around 20 MW from various embedded generation sources; and (4) an additional 135 MW through the Ormoc Substation.

NGCP’s 150MVA transformer from Compostela, Cebu, arrived in Ormoc Substation last July 20, and was immediately assembled and subject to testing before its energization on July 28. Source: NGCP

NGCP previously energized two out of six transformers in Ormoc Substation last July 13 and a third transformer last July 17. With the replacement transformer online, NGCP will minimize, if not eliminate, rotating power interruptions and provide a more reliable power supply to the affected islands of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, and Biliran.

The projected peak demand for the three provinces is 291 MW. 210 MW is provided for Leyte and Samar and 81 MW for Bohol.#

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