DOE: Power restoration in quake-hit areas on schedule
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assured on Tuesday that the rehabilitation of power facilities in Region 8 and Bohol damaged by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake last July 6 is continuing and is on schedule.
He said, that the “Build-back Better Principle” is being applied by industry participants to ensure that the facilities will be more “disaster-resilient.”
As of 8 am on Tuesday, the DOE consolidated report stated that Leyte and Samar received 94.5 megawatts (MW) of power.
The power distribution for the Leyte-Samar area are as follows:
· Ormoc-Baybay with 16.9 MW;
· Southern Leyte at 9.4 MW;
· Northern Leyte and Biliran at 18.6 MW;
· Samar at 5.9 MW,
· Tacloban City and Palo at 22.6 MW;
· Northern Samar and Calbayog City at 13.2MW; and
· Eastern Samar at 8.0MW.
Bohol, on their end, received 39.2 MW, which included its own power generation that reached 10.5 MW.
The available supply came from Energy Development Corporation's Kananga Geothermal Power Plant with 120.9 MW, Bohol generations at 10.5MW and Cebu shares of 10.9 MW.
The severely damaged Ormoc Substation can now accommodate 128.3 MW electricity supply to the city and municipal centers and most of the barangays in the affected provinces. (DOE)