Friday, November 1, 2019

Philippines: Earthquake Damages Mt. Apo Geothermal Power Plant

Stranded geothermal plant workers reach safety (Minda News)

Stranded workers of the Mt. Apo Geothermal Plant in Kidapawan City trekked on foot down the mountains to reach safety downtown on Friday.

Lt. Col. Rey Alvarado, commander of the 72nd Infantry Battalion, said the workers started walking following efforts to clear the road to the geothermal plant located some 23 kilometers east of the poblacion area. He said all the workers were safe after trekking for several hours. Alvarado said some CAFGU personnel were deployed to help secure the 106-megawatt plant.

Last Thursday, the magnitude 6.5 earthquake caused landslides in sections of the road leading to the power plant in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC), who owns and operates the plant, said all of their employees are safe and accounted for.

EDC Magpet facility head Romy Kee, said two of their power plants—the M1 and M2—sustained some damages and “were put on turning gear operation only.”

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