MANILA, Philippines – The Pagudpud Wind Farm of North Luzon Renewables (NLR) was disconnected from the Luzon Grid on Thursday night, February 18, after two of its transmission towers were bombed.
According to North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation president Miguel De Jesus, it was only determined during early morning of Friday, February 19, that two of its transmission towers in Barangay Tadao in the Municipality of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, had toppled.
“Initial investigations indicate that explosives were used to take down the transmission towers. No one has claimed responsibility at this time,” NLR said in a statement.
NLR added that there were no fatalities or injuries related to the incident.
The 81-megawatt wind farm is a joint venture of Ayala Corporation’s AC Energy Holdings Incorporated, Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure, and UPC Renewables.
An Inquirer report said residents protested the launch of the wind farm last November 2014. They also appealed to the operator NLR to relocate its transmission lines, as these are passing through their properties, the news report added.
NLR will continue to work with local and national law enforcement agencies, as well as the local government, to continue investigating this incident.