Power plant oil spill in Iloilo set for clean-up

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A China-based company, Kuan Yu Global Technologies Inc., will head the clean-up operation for the Iloilo oil spill, which came from the 32-megawatt (MW) Power Barge 103 (PB103) that was swept aground by strong winds and rising storm surge of Super Typhoon Yolanda early this month.

The oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo, is being constantly monitored and efforts are being exerted to fully contain it.

PB103, which was owned by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) and operated by the National Power Corp. (Napocor), was carrying over 1.5 million liters of oil.

Psalm later conducted an auction for the clean-up opera-tions in the areas affected by the oil spill, which led to the selection of Kuan Yu Global that submitted a bid of P87.2 million inclusive of value-added tax.


Kuan Yu Global will perform the siphoning and transfer of usable fuel oil from PB103 to 101-102, refloating of PB103, towing of the refloated power barge to the dry docking facility, containment of oil spill and clean-up of the affected shore-line, and disposal and treatment of waste oil and debris.

Efforts to contain and clean up the oil spill from the damaged power barge is expected to go full-blast within 48 hours.

Kuan Yu Global will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to ensure that by Friday morning, all the necessary man-power and receptacles will be in Estancia. This is to comply with the condition in the request for proposal that the winning bidder must be able to mobilize within 48 hours from the time of bidding conclusion.

For its part, Napocor earlier deployed the spill booms of PB103 supplemented with spill booms provided by the PCG.

Spill booms from Psalm’s Power Barges 101 and 102 were also transported from Iloilo City and deployed to help prevent the spilled oil from drifting away from the immediate vicinity of the damaged power barge.

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