Taal Volcano eruption causes multiple power outages

Ralf Rivas
Taal Volcano eruption causes multiple power outages
The ash fall, lava mud, and rocks from the Taal Volcano cause transmission and distribution lines to trip

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas near the Taal Volcano experienced power outages due to the eruption on Sunday, the Department of Energy (DOE) said on Monday, January 13.

As of 6:30 pm on Sunday, the DOE reported multiple trippings of the following lines due to the eruption:

  • Dasmarinas-Ilijan 500kV Line
  • Tayabas-Dasmarinas 500kV Line
  • San Jose-Tayabas 500kV Line 2
  • 4x600MVA DasmarinasTransformers

The DOE said switching and restoration of the affected lines are ongoing.

“The National Electrification Administration has advised all concerned electric cooperatives to take all appropriate contingency measures to mitigate the impact on electric services to consumers, activate the Emergency Restoration Organization, when needed to immediately implement emergency restoration plan and continuously monitor the situation,” the DOE said.

Meanwhile, the following areas in Batangas have power interruptions due to ash fall, lava mud, and rocks affecting transmission and distribution lines:

  • Tanauan
  • Talisay
  • Laurel

Several oil companies have suspended operations for the safety of staff. Seven stations of Shell within the 35-kilometer radius of Taal were closed, while Petro Gazz closed its stations in Silang, Cavite; and Lipa City, Batangas. Seaoil’s stations in Agoncillo, Batangas; Lalaan, Mendez, and Carmona in Cavite; and Canlubang in Laguna were closed for the safety of staff as well. (READ: PNP declares full alert status for Taal Volcano eruption)

Petron reported that its terminals in Batangas and Cavite are not affected. It’s business as usual at Shell’s refinery, but the company is constantly monitoring the situation. Chevron’s operations are not affected. 

Subsequent updates will be made as soon as the information becomes available, the DOE said. – Rappler.com

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.